Stanley Block Plane - No. 60 1/2

stanley block plane 60 1/2
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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Block

Model No: 60 1/2

The Stanley block plane number 60 1/2 is a low angle block plane with an adjustable mouth.

At six inches in length, the Stanley 60 1/2 is in the mid-size range of block planes, equal in length to the Stanley 9 1/2 and Stanley 60 1/2.

The 60 1/2 is fitted with the following parts: lever cap, blade depth adjuster, plane blade, front knob, and adjustable mouth adjuster.

The 60 1/2 plane blade is 1 3/8 inch wide and sits on a 12 degree bed.

stanley plane 60 1/2

The Stanley 60 1/2 block plane is equipped with a blade adjusting mechanism. The blade adjuster control is located at the rear of the plane in the form of a knurled nut. The blade adjusting mechanism locates with the grooves on the plane blade in order that the plane blade can be moved when the adjuster is operated.

Once the blade is located correctly, the depth of cut can be set by turning the brass (or alloy) depth adjuster wheel nut at the rear of the plane (note: ensure the lever cap is removed/very loose before adjusting).

The hooded lever cap locks the blade in place by sliding the lever sideways.

The plane has a brass (or alloy) front knob with a depressed surface designed as a finger grip.

The front knob has a metal lever wrapped around it. This lever is used to adjust the mouth thickness for fine through to coarse work. When the lever is pivoted the front section of the sole slides towards or away from the rear side of the mouth.

stanley plane 60 1/2

What is the difference between the Stanley 60 1/2 block plane and the Stanley 9 1/2 block plane?

The Stanley 60 1/2 block plane is very similar to the Stanley 9 1/2 block plane.

The differences are:

  • The 60 1/2 is a narrower plane with a 1 3/8" plane blade in contrast to the 1 5/8" plane blade of the Stanley 9 1/2.

  • The 60 1/2 is a low angle block plane with a 12 degree bed in contrast to the 20 degree bed of the Stanley 9 1/2.


Plane Construction

Front Knob: brass

Body: grey cast iron

Lever Cap: grey cast iron

Plane Finish: black


Plane Dimensions

Length: 150mm (6 Inch)

Width: 44mm

Stanley 60 1/2 Plane Blade / Cutter

Blade Width: 34/35mm

Blade - No. Of Grooves: 10


Plane Markings

"No 60 1/2" - found on one side of the plane.

"Stanley Made In Eng" - found on the rear adjuster.


Manufactured Dates

<1898 - 1994>

<2004 - Today? = Stanley 60 1/2G


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