New Stanley Block Plane - No. 60 1/2 / 5-12-060

stanley 60 1/2 / 5-12-060 block plane
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Stanley 5-12-060 Plane Review By: I.Ball

Category: Block Planes

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Block

Model No: 60 1/2 / 5-12-060


The new Stanley 60 1/2 Plane review covers the latest adjustable Stanley 60 1/2 Block Plane also called the Stanley 60 1/2 Low Angle Block Plane.

If you are looking for info / review on the old versions of this plane, see the Old Stanley 60 1/2 Plane review.

The Stanley 60 1/2 plane has been used by woodworkers for over 125 years. In this time the design stayed pretty much the same until its modern design update. The core of the new Stanley 60 1/2 planes features / functionality stayed the same.

stanley 60 1/2 / 5-12-060 block plane

125+ years of feedback from woodworkers gives great confidence the tool design does the job.

The new Stanley 60 1/2 plane is a narrow low angle block plane with a 35mm wide cutter and a 13 degree bed.

The low angle bed makes this plane ideal for end grain work.

The 60 1/2 is fully adjustable with an adjustable mouth, adjustable depth of cut and adjustable lateral blade alignment.

The mouth is adjusted by releasing the front knob slightly and then turning the lever located under the front knob, then tighten knob to lock in the mouth position.

new stanley block plane 60 1/2 / 5-12-060

The blade is adjusted by releasing the lever cap and then using the adjuster mechanism at the rear. Move the adjuster left and right to make lateral positioning adjustments of the plane blade. Turn the brass knob at the rear to make depth of cut adjustments.

The blade on the 60 1/2 plane is placed in the plane with the blades bevel facing upwards (bevel-up).

Spare / replacement Stanley 60 1/2 plane blades are readily available and no doubt will be for many years to come.

This Stanley block plane sits comfortably in the hand with its compact size and its rounded and curved parts.

The Stanley 60 1/2 is supplied with a block plane sock / pouch (at the time of writing this). The plane sock offers some protection to the plane including helping to reduce risk of tarnish / rust.

The RRP is a well priced, good value for money plane making it the go to plane for many woodworkers, carpenters, hobbyists and DIY'ers.

If you are looking for a higher-end block plane and you can afford the steeper price, you may wish to consider one of the Veritas block planes.

Cautions / Notes

* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.

- The blade(s)/cutter(s) is very sharp, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing the plane/cutter(s) to prevent injury.

- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments to the plane can result in damage to the plane such as cross-threading screw threads. Never force a part to move.

- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the plane and the plane threads.

Plane Construction

new stanley block plane 60 1/2

fine grey cast iron

Lever cap:
fine grey cast iron

Blade adjuster knob:


Plane finish:

Construction Origin:

Plane Dimensions

Plane Length:
150mm (6 inch)

Plane Blade Width:
35mm (1 3/8 inch)

What Is The Difference Between The New Stanley 60 1/2 Plane and The New Stanley 9 1/2 Plane?

The new Stanley 60 1/2 block plane and the new Stanley 9 1/2 block plane are very similar in appearance with a few subtle differences:

The Stanley 60 1/2 is a smaller, narrower plane with a length of 150mm and housing a blade width of 35mm whereas the Stanley 9 1/2 plane is a bit longer and wider with a length of 160mm and housing a blade width of 40mm.

The other difference is the Stanley 60 1/2 has a lower angle bed of 13 degrees which the plane blade lays on whereas the Stanley 9 1/2 has a slightly steeper but still low 20 degree bed.

Manufactured Dates

<1999 - Today

For info on older 60 1/2 block plane versions see the Old Stanley 60 1/2 Plane review.

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