Stanley 62 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Jack Planes
Plane Type: Low Angled
Model No: 62
The Stanley low angled jack plane number 62.
This plane is used by cabinet makers for heavier working of cross grain than a block plane can efficiently cope with, including using the Stanley 62 plane for trimming the end grain off of hardwood boards.
The Stanley 62 is more suited to heavier cross grain work than a block plane due to the extra weight and the leverage of the rear handle and front knob.
The 62 plane was originally fitted with a Rosewood handle and front knob to give the user added control; sometimes other hardwood handles (usually Beech) are found on this plane.
The plane has the desirable feature of sporting an adjustable mouth which allows the user to set the mouth for fine work through to coarse work.
The adjustable mouth is controlled in the same way the Stanley adjustable
mouthed block planes are operated. At the base of the front knob is a
lever which controls the adjustable mouth plate.
The lever is activated by unscrewing the front knob slightly. Once activated the lever is swivelled which in turn moves the soles mouth plate to form a fine mouth through to a wide open mouth. Once the desired mouth size has been found, the front knob should be tightened to lock in the lever and therefore the mouth.
Care should be taken not to overtighten the knob to help avoid damage
to the thread. Generally a fine mouth is desired as it helps reduce
tear out when planing.
The 14 inch long plane body was made from cast iron with the upper surface coated with the typical Stanley black japanning finish. The lever cap and adjuster parts were finished with nickel plating.
The Stanley 62 low angle jack plane is fitted with a 51mm (2 inch) wide plane blade. The lever cap locks the blade in place with the use of the knurled nut.
The plane is also equipped with a blade fine adjustment mechanism. The adjustments are operated with the large knurled wheel nut located at the top of the blade. Note: ensure the lever cap is loosened before making adjustments to avoid damage.
The Stanley 62 has a smaller sibling in the form of the Stanley 164
More recently similar design concepts have been made in the form of the Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane, the Lie Nielsen 62 Low Angle Jack Plane and the Stanley 62 Low Angle Jack Plane.
- found on the top face of the front of the plane.
No 62 - found on the top face of the rear of the plane.
STANLEY - found on the lever cap adjuster screw.
STANLEY - found on the rear blade adjuster screw.
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