Stanley Compass Plane - No. 13

stanley compass plane 13
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Stanley 13 Circular Plane Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Compass

Model No: 13


The Stanley 13 compass plane otherwise known as the Stanley 13 circular plane is a 10 inch long metal plane with an adjustable flexible sole.

The plane is used for planing timber which has a curve such as the edge of a round table.

The flexible sole can be adjusted to form a convex sole or a concave sole, set to the required curvature.

The flexible sole is anchored with the frame at either end of the sole with the frame meeting the sole at the center.

The sole is adjusted by turning the hook eyes located at either end of the plane.

stanley compass plane no 13

The frame shape which is quite different to other compass planes, provides handy grips to handle and control the plane with ease.

The plane blade and cap iron are locked in position with the lever cap. This helps to reduce chattering. The lever cap has a plated finish which is usually a nickel plating. The lever cap has a pear shaped hole in the middle in which a screw runs through, the shape helps prevent the cap loosening.

Also, as with the standard bench planes such as the 3, the 20 compass plane has a lateral blade adjusting lever located just behind the blade. This lever pivots side-to-side which in turn adjusts the cutter side-ways (note: the lever cap must be released when making these alterations).

Plane Construction

stanley compass plane no 13

Body and frog:
cast iron

Lever cap:
cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron:
best quality steel

best quality steel

Plane finish:

stanley compass plane no 13

Stanley 13 Plane Markings

"No 13" - found on the top face towards the front of the plane.

Manufactured Dates

<1884 - 1909>

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