Stanley Smoothing Plane - No. 4C

stanley smoothing plane
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Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Smoothing

Model No: 4C


The Stanley smoothing plane number 4C is basically identical to the Stanley number 4 with the exception of the sole. The sole of the number 4C has a series of parallel grooves running the length of the sole.

This type of sole is referred to as a corrugated sole. The 'C' in the model number '4C' stands for 'corrugated'.

The idea behind the corrugated plane is the sole has less friction when planing, particularly as the board becomes true or when working on resinous timber. The smoothness of the planing can be improved further by lubricating the sole with oil/wax etc.

Plane Construction

stanley plane 4C

Body and frog:
cast iron

Lever cap:
cast iron with a plated finish

Cap iron:
best quality steel

best quality steel

Depth adjuster wheel/nut:

Handle and knob :

Plane finish:

Manufactured Dates

1898 - 2002>

Plane Also Known As

Stanley Smoothing Plane no. 4C
Stanley Bench Plane no. 4C
Stanley Wood-Work Plane no. 4C
Stanley Hand Plane no. 4C
Stanley Corrugated Plane no. 4C
Stanley Grooved Plane no. 4C

Further Information

Further information on the Stanley plane number 4 corrugated can be found in the many Stanley tool catalogues produced from the 19th Century through to the current day. Additional information to this Stanley number 4C plane review can also be found in many different trade catalogues as well as reference books which are dedicated to discussing Stanley tools.

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