Building a Better Block Plane // Stanley No 9 Recreation! – Pt1

Building a Better Block Plane // Stanley No 9 Recreation! – Pt1

The Stanley no 9 known as a “Cabinet Maker’s Block Plane” as well as a “Piano Maker’s Plane” was a plane that was developed in the 1860s. Despite its name it was not really a block plane in the way that we think of block planes today. The no 9 was Stanley’s version of the infill miter planes that were coming out of New York and England. The no 9 had a 2″ blade and an overall size comparable to the no 4 smoothing plane. It was much larger than a typical block plane. The purpose of the no 9 was to take fine shavings on both face and end grain. Additionally, it could be used on its side as a shooting plane.

Stanley ceased production of the no 9 in the mid 1900s. Lie-Neilsen produced their own version for a time in the early 2000s, but those have ceased production as well. To get one now you have to pay collector prices. I was not interested in paying collector prices for a tool so I decided to pay an equivalent amount of money in raw materials and new tools to build one myself.

I will be making some changes as I build my version. Both the Stanley and Lie-Neilsen versions were cast iron. I do not have the ability to cast metal so I will be making mine out of flat bar stock. Primarily O1 tool steel. Second, again because I do not have the ability to cast, I will be assembling mine with dovetail joinery like a traditional English mitre (miter if you are in the US) planes. The overall size has stayed the same, but I have made the side walls on mine thicker than the original. Primarily this was to add a bit of weight. The last major change I have made is that mine will include wooden infills. From the examples I have seen, so far, Stanley’s version did not use wooden infills. A few from Lie-Neilsen did and I liked the way those looked so that is what I want to do on mine. There will be other deviations from the original as I solve construction problems as I go.

This build has been incredibly time consuming so I have split it into separate videos. A playlist for all of the videos can be found here:

In this video I get the metal components that make up the body fabricated and temporarily assembled.

0:00 About
0:20 File Guide
0:50 Laying out the Sides
2:09 Drilling the Sides
3:25 Dovetail Work
6:09 Rear Sole
9:06 Fitting the Front and Back
11:35 Making the Bed
20:00 Moveable Mouth
22:00 You Spin Me Right Round…

Behind the Scenes:
About the Builds, Gallery, and Plans:

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  1. Poor Man's DIY on July 20, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Before I comment on the video I have to complain. That screech from the file on metal, threw a shiver up my spine that was worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. What is up with that??? LOL Although you may have a lot of work to do, this was truly enjoyable to watch. The precision is unreal! After you finish this AND the impossible joint, next challenge is to make a Japanese plain and make shavings that are super thin. 🙂 You can thank us later for all the content ideas we give you. Then again, you can blame us for all the content ideas we give you. LOL

  2. The DeLoach’s do YouTube !!!!!! on July 20, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I just want to say out loud that your videos are getting better and better with each upload, and I ain’t kidding. Make On Brother! Maker 238