Every Stanley Bench Plane Explained (Once and for all!)

Every Stanley Bench Plane Explained (Once and for all!)

Understand the whole line of Stanley bench planes; all ELEVEN of them.
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50 Comments

  1. john cadd on May 2, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    My 4 1/2 Stanley blade would rock sideways as I put it together. There was only contact behind the bevel edge. (???). The cause was the sideways adjuster lever rivet was pressing up under the back iron (chip breaker ). There was no way to adjust that , so I glued (Evostik again ) a piece of steel plate under the back iron to clear the adjuster rivet. Otherwise the tiny wishbone pin was having a hard time every time the plane was used. How do those little pins last so long ?



  2. Motoben BH on May 2, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Binging on Rex’s plane videos ….. again
    If you can’t afford 2 No. 5’s, and your workflow allows – get 2 irons. Set one up with a steep grind and a bunch of camber; set the other iron up as a smoother. I use mine mostly as a Jack (of all trades), so I just occasionally put in the fore iron and open the mouth for heavy stock removal.



  3. Steve Kelley on May 2, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Now adays a number 4 1/2 are getting expensive.



  4. Unnaceptable on May 2, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Can never have too many planes… like clamps



  5. Tim Barry on May 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    My question is why does the new low angle Stanley have such an ugly handle? All the others are so beautiful to look at. And the original no 62, or whatever the low angle was called was just beautiful as well. The new version looks like a drunk made it



  6. Brandon Schmeidler on May 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Seeing those planes listed as $5 makes me cry inside.



  7. Trent Winston on May 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I’m just getting started on my Plane journey, and I love your channel. I already had a few block planes, and I have this one un-named bench plane that I’m just trying to identify. It’s right at 9" long with a wooden handle and a wooden knob upfront. It is a total of 2" wide. If I had to guess, it’s a #4 "like" plane. it doesn’t have anything to give away the manufacturer or type of plane that it is. It’s definitely not a Stanley. The only words on the entire plane are the words "MADE IN USA" just in front of where the handle meets the base. Near the center of the plane. It has an iron that is 1 5/8th’s wide. It’s green in color, but I don’t think that that means anything. It doesn’t appear to be repainted, but what do I know about this? Nothing. It only has a single knob at the top of the "chip breaker" (I think). All and all this plane appears to be super cheap, but I’m really not sure what I’m looking at. Have I said anything that makes you take any notice or ask any questions? I bought this thing at a pawn shop a year or two ago before I knew anything about planes. It was really inexpensive so I bought it. do you think that I got what I paid for? I figure that I probably did. Do you think that it’s worth fooling with? It seems really flat, but the mouth isn’t adjustable. Thanks for reading this. Currently, you’re my favorite woodworking channel. Thanks for all the help you give me in your videos.



  8. Manjeet Mapara on May 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    As a beginner nd looking to buy.. amazingly systematic video with the right amit of info delivered in the best possible manner..cd be an template for educational videos..hats off to u sir



  9. Börje Svensson on May 2, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    "This tiny guy over here" is the same size as my favorite plane, A small wood smother with a Rosenfors iron. But i mostly use it as other use a block plane. In my hand, the meat between tumb and index finger wedged behind the iron. Comfortable and controlable even if upside down under a boat.



  10. Robert Hill on May 2, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Grandpa left me a 5 and a 6. I thought there was a #4 somewhere, but I have no idea where it is if he did. Either way, I’m 2/3 with no money invested. Thanks, Grandpa!!



  11. john cadd on May 2, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    One problem with old Sheffield plane irons is ;
    (Number One ) the dents caused by hammering when they were red hot. That dented surface is not best to be part of a wedge combination.
    Problem (Number Two ) is the back iron tightened up against the blade bends the blade into a curve. (See wedge combination again ) .
    Problem (Number Three ) is the blade thickness at the bevel end can be uneven. The left side of my Sorby blade was much thicker than the right side. I had to grind it flat on a coarse Chinese diamond plate to get the sole contact even.
    Finally (Number Four ) I glued strips of fine emery cloth to the back of the blades using Evostik to make a good friction contact. My number 4 size wood plane used to fall to bits if I looked at it .Now it works like a dream . Just like all my wooden planes .



  12. Paul Maryon on May 2, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Great vid thanks Rex, don’t know how I missed this one, would add a block plane to the list there, use mine daily, thanks again and keep em coming!



  13. Jody Ho on May 2, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    YAy Stella!!!!



  14. Adam Chesis on May 2, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    I have every plane except a number 1, I have a lot of block planes as well, I use them all at one point or another in my work, they all pretty much do the same thing somedays I feel like using one over there other, Just a feeling that you get,



  15. Rob Slater on May 2, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    why do some of them have corrugated bottoms ?



  16. X3ST3RIN on May 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    how i wish have one, in chile are very hard to find one :c



  17. Michael Rivnak on May 2, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I started woodworking last year and only had a no. 5 and it really was all I needed to get started and do lots of quality work



  18. Timothy Mallon on May 2, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Rex, I remember when my children were young and they would hang out in my wood shop. One of my daughters made me a bow saw in her shop class and another made me a toolbox.



  19. neilorourke71 on May 2, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    What would the process be if you’re trying to plane around stuck-in screws or nails? I tried planing for the first time last week. Have a nice piece of old wood that I want to make into a table for my brother. Was really dirty. I’ve never planed before, so I just did my best and started going at it. I did even see that there were a bunch of rusty screws buried by the grime. Eventually turned the plane over and saw I had chunks missing out of my edge lol



  20. TacoHorse on May 2, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Always used my grandfather’s #4, works great for everything. Only now that my projects are getting larger in size am I considering a #7 – the #4 still gets the job done, but its tedious with tabletops, etc.



  21. Alex Ellis on May 2, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    I’m looking at your workbench and it looks just like mine. There’s a reason for that 😉



  22. Madzguy007 on May 2, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Stanley tools are great!



  23. di ei uai - mal eben selbst gebaut on May 2, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you very much for this video, it is very helpful! Many regards from germany 🙂



  24. manxman on May 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    very useful thankyou!!



  25. coyoteproject999 on May 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    I’ve heard about planes with bevel down, insted of bevel up.
    What can you tell about that Rex ?



  26. Zootzy Zanta on May 2, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I’m planning on buying my first plane. Which number should be my first one?



  27. Jaimie and Ash on May 2, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you



  28. AeonCatalyst on May 2, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    I have a block plane, a number 4, and a number 3. What should I do with my number 3 to actually get some use out of it? Still on the lookout for a jack and jointer plane



  29. Lilly on May 2, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Just picked up my first Stanley plane at an estate sale for $10. I’m hooked!!



  30. Bill Dermody on May 2, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for doing what you do and God-bless your dear daughter😎



  31. Dave Bergeron on May 2, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Rex, what would say if I choose SW 4, SW 62 and Bailey 7. Would that work?



  32. Matt hew on May 2, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Awesome as always Rex….



  33. Mr. Meds on May 2, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Is there a real reason to own a 5-1/4?



  34. Lincoln Dickerson on May 2, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for all the great information on planes. My dad was a carpenter and he would whip the hand plan and make quick work of anything he used it on. I bought a craftsman hand plane 20 years made several disaters with and put it back in the toolbox… Fast forward to 6 months ago, I was gifted a Stanley Handman plan, looks like a number 4. Hang in there the point is coming. lol. So i decided to create an end grain cutting board last month. Chose an interesting pattern ( grain goes in every direction) and I have sanded to near flat and was thinking about trying to plain it by hand because it is not light under a straight edge flat. That’s how i got here. I know now both plans need properly setup including sharpening with camber and flatten of the base. Regardless you have covered everthing. I will be sharpening later this week, I prefer stones to paper plus I already own them. Then practice on scraps and extra blocks from the cutting board to prepare before hitting the board I have many hours into. Thanks again!



  35. Yo Man on May 2, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    You should sell your planes that are collecting dust! Saying that, I tend to horde tools myself!



  36. Alan Maag on May 2, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Rex. Thoroughly enjoying your videos. I have a barn sale find of I believe a Stanley No. 104 Liberty Bell. I took it apart to clean and sharpen but not certain how it goes back together. Is there a place to find things like blade to chip breaker relationship, bevel up or down, etc. I should have taken pictures. Thanks.



  37. Mr E on May 2, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    What do you think of the Bailey # 5



  38. Sato on May 2, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks rex 🙏



  39. EgaoKage on May 2, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    More title-cards need to be drawn by kids.



  40. Stan Giles on May 2, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Wow you have a great shine ✨ to your dome.
    Maybe could tone it down as it is distracting.
    Thanks



  41. tin hdez on May 2, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    Congratulations! I don’t understand any English and I have to translate the whole video, but still one of the best I’ve seen in a long time! I have a question in case you can solve it for me! By chance in life, three Stanley # 4, two # 5 and two cornamusas (I don’t know what they call it in English) Stanley 155 (among other things) came into my hands a long time ago, all made in England, I think they were before the sixties or seventies. Are they the same as those made in the USA or is it some kind of license transfer? How can I know that !?



  42. gui guitar on May 2, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Rex are you familiar with French Goldenberg wood planes? I just got 2 plenty old blades and matching wood chippers in hands and would like some info. Cheers mate your channel is rad!



  43. Don Cripe, MC3 Certified Sr. Mediator & Arbitrator on May 2, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    I need to find a video, "Planes for Dummies." I don’t know how to set up or use my plane, except as a paper weight. Help?



  44. Randall Thomas on May 2, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    With a 4-1/2 and a 7 you can do nearly everything, and interchange blades and chip breakers. So you can have a couple of blades with alternate grinds, and keep a spare sharp blade.



  45. David Kantor on May 2, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    I do almost all my planing with a #7. I have a 6; don’t quite know what it’s good for. But maybe I just need to tune it better.



  46. Monte Glover on May 2, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Don’t forget about small block and bull nose planes, I’m mostly power tools but I use them the most. I do have a set of hand planes wooden, transitional, and modern



  47. Charles Hirst on May 2, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I have a collection of planes acquired over several decades and I have wondered over the numbering and uses. This is an excellent video, admirably presented. thank you. Some people are derogatory about Staley and Record planes – you haven’t spent enough thus they aren’t as good as e.g. Lie Nielsen. Well, I have always found that if sharpened well, then they are just fine.



  48. Esteban Fernandez on May 2, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Rex. Thanks so much for this video. As always very informative and factual. Truly enjoy the focus you place on practicality!



  49. Cameron McFadden on May 2, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    My experience may be helpful to anyone who is beginning to make violins. At first, I used a Stanley number 8 for jointing the plates. It was heavy and clumsy, difficult to keep it from tipping to one side. Now I use a number 6, it is much better for the task. Much easier to use.



  50. Dan Seven on May 2, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    This is good. I got a couple of 4’s and a 5 that see most handling. Unlike You..a 6 works great.