Stanley Block Plane - No. 220

stanley block plane 220
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Stanley 220 Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Block

Model No: 220


The Stanley 220 block plane is a 190mm (7 1/2 inch) long plane from the Stanley block plane range.

The Stanley block plane number 220 is a common, handy block plane which has been a popular choice of woodworkers for generations.

The plane is made with a cast iron body which has machined and ground sides and sole.

This Stanley block plane is fitted with a 41mm (1 5/8 inch) wide plane blade.

stanley plane 220

The plane blade on the Stanley 220 is held in place with a hooded lever cap with a smooth half dome on top. The face of the lever cap has a knurled pattern, a locking lever and an eye opening for the securing screw.

The lever cap locks the blade in place by sliding the lever on the face of the lever cap sideways.

The 220 has a mechanism for adjusting the blade depth. The depth of cut can be set by turning the brass depth adjuster wheel nut at the rear of the plane (note: ensure the lever cap is removed before adjusting).

The 220 plane has a wooden knob to hold at the front of the plane allowing extra grip and control. The knob is usually made from stained / varnished Beech.

Stanley made a smaller version of the Stanley 220 block plane in the form of the Stanley 203.

Plane Construction

grey cast iron

Lever cap:
grey cast iron

best steel

Depth adjuster wheel/nut:

selected hardwoods

Plane finish:

Stanley 220 Plane Blade / Cutter

Width: 41mm (1 5/8 inch)

Blade Thickness: 2mm

Top Of Blade Shape: Oval, Rounded Corners

Plane Dimensions

190mm (7 1/2 inch)

Manufactured Dates

1898 - 1979/1980

1980/1981 - <1985 = Stanley 220A

<1985 - ? = Stanley 220G

? - Today = Stanley 1-12-220


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