Stanley 72 Review By: I.Ball
Category: Specialist Planes
Plane Type: Chamfer
Model No: 72
The Stanley Chamfer plane number 74.
The Stanley Chamfer Plane No. 72 is a specialist hand plane designed as the name suggests for working chamfers.
It offers an easy way of making controlled chamfering with the benefits of the plane format.
The Stanley 72 Chamfer Plane is constructed from cast iron, with black japanned body, fitted with Rosewood rear handles and Rosewood front knob.
The sole is a Vee shape, shaped perfectly for chamfers.
Some of the Stanley 72's made in the later manufacturing years had an additional
The Stanley 72 is fitted with a 41mm (1 5/8") plane blade which is set on a 50 degree frog bed with the plane blade's bevel facing downwards.
Stanley treated the blade / blade setting more like a simple block plane with the plane having no cap iron or fine blade adjustment mechanism.
The Stanley 72 allows the cutting of chamfers from 6mm (1/4") up to 32mm (1 1/4") wide.
The chamfer size setting is achieved by sliding the front section up or down.
The front section is locked / released by using the bathroom tap like locking nut located behind the front section.
The Stanley Chamfer Plane No. 72 was produced for over 50 years from 1885 - 1938.
As the 72 had such a long manufacturing period these planes do crop up on the market more often than some of the same era however they don't hang around if priced correctly because of their popularity from collectors due to their age and unusuality, and their popularity from users because of their usefulness.
Body and frog:
high grade cast iron
high grade cast iron
best quality steel
crucible cast steel
Handle and knob:
"Stanley" - found on the side of plane at rear.
"No.72" - found on the side of plane at rear.
1885 - 1938
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