Stanley Block Plane - No. 101

small stanley plane 101
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Stanley 101 Plane Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Block

Model No: 101


The miniature Stanley 101 plane is a 3 1/2 inch long plane used for intricate work.

This type of plane is also often referred to as a model makers plane, violin makers plane, toy makers plane or a pattern makers plane as these were the core trades which used this type of plane.

This small Stanley plane has no fine blade adjustment mechanism so is labelled as non-adjustable. The blade is manually placed in position and then held in place using a small securing cap / lever cap which is locked in place with a screw.

stanley 101 plane

Due to this type of blade securing cap, the Stanley 101 needs a metal cross bar. This cross bar is needed because when the locking screw is turned, pressure is placed where the locking screw meets the blade and where the securing cap meets the cross bar.

The Stanley 101 is equipped with an in-built short finger pad front knob to offer the user more control when planing.

The 101 is finished with a black finish as found on nearly all Stanley planes.

The small Stanley plane number 101 is fitted with a 25mm (1 inch) wide plane cutter.

This lightweight plane weighs a mere 340 grams (3/4 lbs).

The early Stanley 101 planes had a 'Stanley Rule & Level Co' blade.

stanley 101 plane

Plane Construction

stanley 101 plane

high grade cast iron

Lever cap:
high grade cast iron

best steel

Plane finish:

Plane Dimensions

3 1/2 inch

340 grams (3/4 lbs)

Manufactured Dates

1879 - 1949>

Plane Also Known As

miniature stanley plane 101

Stanley finger plane 101
Stanley thumb plane 101
Stanley model makers plane 101
Stanley violin makers plane 101
Stanley toy makers plane 101
Stanley pattern makers plane 101


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