Stanley 103 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Block Planes
Plane Type: Block
Model No: 103
The Stanley 103 block plane is quite a small 138mm (5 1/2 inch) long
plane from the Stanley block plane range.
The Stanley 103 plane body is made from cast iron which was originally machined and ground to offer flat sides and sole straight from the box.
The plane is fitted with a 32mm (1 1/4 inch) wide plane cutter.
The plane cutter is secured in position with the pierced, domed lever cap.
The lever cap is removed/secured by turning this locking wheel which
is located under the top portion of the curvaceous lever cap.
When the locking wheel is turned, pressure is placed where the locking wheel meets the blade and where the lever cap meets the cross bar. Once the locking wheel stops turning the lever cap should be locked tight in position and therefore the blade is also locked tight.
The Stanley 103 plane has the ability to make blade depth adjustments with a paddle style depth adjuster mechanism.
The blade depth adjuster is operated by a lever paddle; lift the paddle up for a finer cut, push the paddle down for a deeper cut.
The 103 plane has an in-built short finger pad knob at the front end of the plane to offer the user extra grip and control.
The only difference (other than markings) is the Stanley 103 has a blade adjuster. The Stanley 102 has no blade adjustment mechanism.
Body: grey cast iron
Lever cap: grey cast iron
Blade: best steel
Plane finish: black
Length: 138mm (5 1/2 inch)
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