Stanley 104 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Smoothing Planes
Plane Type: Smoothing
Model No: 104
The Stanley Liberty Bell smoothing plane number 104 was originally fitted with
a Rosewood handle and front knob.
The plane had a lever adjuster for adjusting the depth of the cut. The adjuster was located on the right hand side, behind the frog. It is operated by moving the lever up and down; down moves the blade downwards, up moves the blade upwards.
The lever cap was marked with a picture of a bell and the number '76' which represents the year this model of plane was first produced.
The Stanley Liberty Bell smoothing plane was first produced in 1876
to commemorate the Centennial. Production of this plane ceased after
World War One (1919).
The body of the plane has a raised oval ridge running through the centre of the top face. There is also a lowered groove either side of the handle and the front knob.
Some of the plane blades had the markings 'Stanley Pat Apl 19.92' and some had 'Stanley Rule & Level Co New Britain Conn USA' (there may have been other markings).
Length Of Sole: 227mm
Mouth Width: 55mm
Cast Thickness: 1.5mm (had the sides been skimmed on our example?)
Handle and Knob: Rosewood
Plane finish: black
Stanley 104 Plane Blade / Cutter
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Slot Length: 120mm
Slot Width: 8mm
Top Of Blade Shape: Square
Blade Markings 1: 'Stanley Pat Apl 19.92'
Blade Markings 2: 'Stanley Rule & Level Co New Britain Conn USA'
"76" inside a picture of a bell - found on the lever cap face.
1876 - 1919
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