60 1/2 Block Plane Question
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Picked up a 60 1/2 Stanley yesterday at an estate sale (ok, $5). It had a lot of light surface rust and after cleaning it I found there is no 60 1/2 stamped on the side. The adjuster knob has the usual Stanley stamped on the end and the iron has the usual "Stanley" logo with "made in USA" underneath except the logo and print is smaller than usual. The lever cap has more arch compared to two others I have and the machined surface where the iron beds on the body is five times as large as the other two I have. The top edge of the iron is completely rounded and there is a Z stamped on the bottom. I'm thinking this is an earlier version of the 60 1/2 than I usually see but am puzzled that the 60 1/2 is missing from the side. Anyone seen this?
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  Re: 60 1/2 Block Plane Question by HomerLee (Picked up a 60 1/2 S...)
IIRC, the 60 1/2 stamp on the side wall came about during the WWII era.


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  Re: RE: 60 1/2 Block Plane Question by Kansas City Fireslayer (IIRC, the 60 1/2 sta...)
(02-10-2018, 08:41 PM)Kansas City Fireslayer Wrote: IIRC, the 60 1/2 stamp on the side wall came about during the WWII era.

Not all are marked, I can't say when they started, but the proof is in the pudding, sharpen it up and see what happens, I'm sure it will be just fine.
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  Re: RE: 60 1/2 Block Plane Question by Admiral ([quote='Kansas City ...)
(02-10-2018, 08:55 PM)Admiral Wrote: Not all are marked, I can't say when they started, but the proof is in the pudding, sharpen it up and see what happens, I'm sure it will be just fine.

I've picked up nearly dozen 60-1/2's through the years, at flea markets, etc., usually for a couple of bucks. About one out of four seem to be marked.

I was rehabbing one yesterday, and it is marked, but what is unusual about it, is the moveable toe portion was shorter than normal. A close examination did not show any evidence of the previous owner grinding it shorter, but the effect is, the mouth will not close up as much as I would like.
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  Re: 60 1/2 Block Plane Question by HomerLee (Picked up a 60 1/2 S...)
Maybe the slider part was replaced by another one?  Not all sliders are alike.   Same with the eccentric lever...
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  Re: 60 1/2 Block Plane Question by HomerLee (Picked up a 60 1/2 S...)
If you've got one of the earlier ones, count your blessings; later models have a really narrow bedding for the iron, right behind the mouth.
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  Re: 60 1/2 Block Plane Question by HomerLee (Picked up a 60 1/2 S...)
The best way to determine the vintage of your plane is most likely by the logo stamp on the iron—that is if it’s original. The most important attribute, in my humble opinion, is the thickness of the castings. 60 1/2 stamp or not, give me one with thick castings. I just finished a fettling on one for a friend and the navy blue castings were thin. Worrisome as you lap the sole flat on a granite plate and then tighten down the lever cap with the straight head screw. All while checking the mouth for cracks.....Blood and Gore says not to worry about the blue castings with the LA version block but it’s not as good as the earlier black ones—anyone whose handled their fair share would agree.


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  Re: 60 1/2 Block Plane Question by HomerLee (Picked up a 60 1/2 S...)
This one works just fine..
   
That "maroon" colour is called Cordovan Winkgrin  
   
Original box.. Cool  
   
And stamped 60-1/2......been used a lot in the last few projects....

I do have a #9-1/2 in the shop..Couple actually.....there is a type 2 sitting in the till... Cool  
   
Second from the left.... Winkgrin
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