Dating bedrock planes

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The Stanley in a single line on the cap is proper as they only offered this plane after they had dropped the Bed Rock marked cap. It ranks right up there with the 602 & 604 1/2 and is probably even scarcer given its shorter production period from 1925 to 1943.

The Stanley in a single line on the cap is proper as they only offered this plane after they had dropped the Bed Rock marked cap. It ranks right up there with the 602 & 604 1/2 and is probably even scarcer given its shorter production period from 1925 to 1943.The sides and sole are rust and pit free and look good. This 606 Bedrock fore plane is a type 4 and dates from right after the turn of the century. This example has the Stanley Pat 92 cutter and nearly 2 inches of meat left on it.

Stanley stopped making Bedrocks altogether with the beginning of WWII and this dates from right around that time. This is a type 4 #605 1/2 that dates from about 1910. The rosewood tote is very nice, but from a slightly later era. Bob Kaune's type study of Bedrock Planes indicates this type was made for just one year in 1911, but this has a later type 6 cutter in it. The rest of the plane shows a lot of use and it has never been cleaned or worked on. It has a proper V logo cutter dating this plane from 1914 - 1918. This plane has one patent date behind the rear handle of April 2nd 1895 and the proper Stanley / Bedrock 3 line lever cap that is in super condition.

It has the proper 2 line Bedrock cap, flat sides, and tall front knob of a type 5. This plane could be made to look very presentable with a through cleaning and new tote installed, or it is ready to go back to work as it sits. It is a type 3 dating it from 1900-08 and all parts are proper and original. Stanley introduced the Bedrock line of planes in 1898.

The Rosewood handle is nice with remains of a decal. The wood is good, there is no rust or pitting to speak of. It retains approx 80% of the japanning, and there is no rust or pitting, just an nice even brown patina on the exposed metal areas.

All 605 1/4's carry the Stanley cap as none were made during the period that the caps were marked Bedrock. This is a nice 605 1/2 Type 5 / 6 Bedrock smooth plane. It has the proper 1 line Bedrock cap, flat sides, 3 screw frog adjuster, tall front knob, 2 patents, etc. It sports a rosewood handle that has a chunk missing near the top and a nice low front knob.

So it's no wonder that in 1900, when Stanley Rule and Level Company introduced planes that held the plane iron (cutter) rock steady, the company dubbed them "Bedrock." At the heart of the new tool sat an improved frog, patented in 1895 by Stanley's head engineer, Justus Traut.

The frog—a roughly triangular cast-iron piece upon which the cutter rests—secures that iron to the plane bottom.

This example is in collector condition and still retains nearly all of its original shiny black japanned finish.

The wood is nice and much nicer than the glare in the pictures shows. The 605 1/4 bedrock plane is one of the hardest to find Stanley Bedrock planes.

Just testing a few things out and setting up the individual pages for each Stanley model.

First to go up on the site will be the images, followed by the specifications and other information.

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