Metal Mouths and Faucet Handles

Stanley model Shop Planes with Metal Mouths, Title Image

From its inception the Stanley Rule & Level Company was very attentive to its customers needs and desires.  Their salesmen were instructed to listen carefully to comments and suggestions from their customers about the tools they manufactured and bring that information back to the foremen in the shop.  Because of the nature of the “inside […]

Panic, Patents, and Liberty Bell Planes

Model Shop #104 Liberty Bell Smooth Plane

This post is a bit longer than those I’ve written in the past, but I hope you’ll enjoy the story that’s in here about another interesting plane from the Stanley Model Shop. 1873 to 1879 were tough years for the Stanley Rule & Level Company as well as the rest of the U.S. economy.  The […]

#120 Model Shop Prototype Block Plane; From Evolution to Production

Stanley #120 Prototype and Stanley #120 Type 1 Title Image

It’s late in the year 1875, and Justus Traut and the men in his shop at Stanley Rule & Level Company are still diligently working on a cutter adjustment mechanism for the Stanley #110 block plane. Traut and Henry Richards, one of the “mechanics” working in Traut’s  shop, produced the block plane prototype shown in […]

Brown’s 49th International Antique Tool Auction

Israel White Three Arm Plow Plane

October 29th, 2016, Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill, PA By: John G Wells Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium. A 3% discount is available for cash or a good check. Prices enclosed in square brackets are pre-auction estimates taken from the Brown auction catalog No. 49. The condition of all items was […]

The Brown 48th International Antique Tool Auction, by John G. Wells

Reproduction Thomas Falconer Coachmaker's Plow Plane

The 48th Brown Tool Auction was held at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 2, 2016.  Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount was available for cash or a good check.  The condition of the items was taken from the auction catalog and does not reflect […]

The Brown 47th International Antique Tool Auction by John G. Wells

Lee's Patent Chamfer Plane

By John G. Wells Brown 47th International Antique Tool Auction was held October 30-31st 2015, at Camp Hill, PA Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount was available for cash or a good check.  The condition of all items was taken from the auction catalog and does not reflect […]

Variations on Stanley’s Corner Rounding Planes from The Model Shop

Stanley Table Joint Planes

Stanley introduced the #144 corner rounding plane in 1925.  They advertised these planes as “designed for rounding corners on wall board battens, casings, shelving, etc.”¹ The design patent, #68,402 for this plane was granted to Edmund Schade on October 6, 1925.  When doing tool research and looking at patents we’re usually looking at what are […]

Joseph Fuller Bench Planes

Side view of a Jo Fuller D1 jointer.

  Joseph Fuller (b. 1746 – d. 1822) was one of the most important American planemakers during the later 1700’s through the early 1800’s. He was making and selling planes as early as 1773 in Providence, RI, and died there in 1822. (1) He seems to have been quite successful in his trade and produced […]

The 46th Brown International Antique Tool Auction by John Wells

IMG_980x550 Ohio Tool Co. Center Wheel Plow

Held on Saturday, March 28th, 2015, this was the second Brown International Antique Tool auction that was managed and put on by its new owner Jim Gehring.  Jim and his very able crew are now old timers and ready to roll out the goods with the best of them.  Thanks to Cami Foley for all […]

Stanley Model Shop Beech and Rosewood Wood Bottom Planes

Model Shop Wood Bottom Planes with Rosewood Soles

Before we get back to the some more interesting planes from the Stanley Model Shop I thought you might want to know a bit more about the Model Shop.   Clarence Blanchard wrote an interesting article about the Model Shop in the 2000 Fall issue of The Fine Tool Journal, Volume 50, Number 2, pages […]