Today I picked up a Stanley # C557B plane at a flea market. It is a little
greasy, but seems in decent shape otherwise. I was wanting a plane to learn
on (sharpening and stuff ) before investing in a good one. I can't find
anything on the net (google or otherwise) on this plane, except an old
auction listing. Can anyone tell me anything about it, such as when it was
made, was it a decent plane or was it junk, etc.? I only spent a couple of
bucks on it, so I haven't lost anything even if it's only used for a
Try Patrick Leach's page...everything you ever wanted to know about
Stanley planes. . .
i don't think i have ever heard of a c557b tho,,,and don't see one on
Leach covers the classic Stanley-Bailey-Victor-Bedrock patterns. I'm no
authority but I believe the "C" designation fell either before or after they
dropped the classic markings and went over to the "HandyCrap" patterns.
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