Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Block Planes
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.
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
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.
The model number markings can usually be found on the side of the plane body: 'No 60 1/2'.
The Stanley 60 1/2 block plane is very similar to the Stanley
9 1/2 block plane.
The differences are:
Front Knob: brass
Body: grey cast iron
Lever Cap: grey cast iron
Plane Finish: black
Length: 150mm (6 Inch)
Stanley 60 1/2 Plane Blade / Cutter
Blade Width: 34/35mm
Blade - No. Of Grooves: 10
"No 60 1/2" - found on one side of the plane.
"Stanley Made In Eng" - found on the rear adjuster.
<1898 - 1994>
<2004 - Today? = Stanley 60 1/2G
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