Stanley Combination / Plough Plane - No. 50

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Stanley 50 Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Plough

Model No: 50

The Stanley 50 plane is a small plane packed with a wide range of functionality.

The Stanley 50 is called a combination plane due to the many functions the plane can perform when different parts of the plane are combined with each other, these plane functions include the following:

   - Plough
   - Dado
   - Tongue and groove
   - Bead
   - Centre bead
   - Rabbet and fillester

stanley 50 plough plane

The Stanley 50 combination plane is often referred to as the Stanley 50 plough plane or Stanley 50 plow plane, though technically as can be seen from the list of functionality, the plane is a lot more than just a plough plane. The actual reason it is often referred to as a plough plane is no doubt because there is a Stanley plough plane 50S.

The Stanley 50S is exactly the same as the Stanley 50 with the difference being the 50S only has the plough cutters. If the plane you are researching only has the plough plane cutters please see the Stanley plough plane 50S review.

For a plane with so much functionality, the plane is very light and compact, saving a huge amount of storage space and because of this compactness the tool can easily be placed in a portable tool-bag.

The Stanley 50 consisted of a cast iron body, depth gauge, double armed fence, 2x long arms/rods, shaving deflector, beading gauge, cutter adjustment lever, spurs for cross grain work, and 17 cutters:

   - Bead: 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2"
   - Plough: 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 5/8", 7/8"
   - Tongue: 1/4"

stanley plow plane cutters no 50

The 50 was fitted with a rosewood rear handle, offering the user a good firm way to handle and control the plane while also giving the plane a rich look.

The Stanley 50 plane and its parts were finished with a nickel plating. This finish was designed to give the plane a bright, shiny look while having the function of helping protect the plane from rust. The nickel plating can be prone to coming off with time, usually it is small partial loss.

The plane was sold in the most part in an orange Stanley cardboard box with a green label on the end of the box describing the plane's main details. Inside the box the plane cutters were housed inside a wooden sleeve which had a label on the front with a diagram of each cutter and its credentials.

The Stanley 50 is the only combination plane of this form. There are a couple of similar planes in the form of the Record 050 plane and Record 050A plane.

The Stanley 50 plane is no longer made so it is only possible to buy old second-hand Stanley 50 planes. Veritas Tools have released a modernised version of the Stanley 50 in the form of the Veritas plough / plow plane.


Plane Construction

early type 1 stanley 50 plough plane

Body :
cast iron

best steel

Handle and knob :
cast iron

Plane finish:
black japanning


Plane Construction

early stanley 50 plough plane

Body :
cast iron

best steel

Handle and knob :
cast iron

Plane finish:
nickel plate


Plane Construction

stanley 50 plough plane

Body :
cast iron

best steel

Handle and knob :

Plane finish:
nickel plate


Manufactured Dates

<1884 - 1960>


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