Stanley 45 plane dating
This is Stanley's most famous and popular combination plane.
A combination plane is one that can be fitted with different irons, or cutters, as Stanley called them, and be adjusted for a particular cut.
: (1915-1960) Screw adjustable fence started with type 12. Type 16 &17 are Stanley notched rectangle trademarks.
The only difference in types 12-17 is trademark stamped on main body skate.
There are detailed type studies available, usually starting with type 1 for the first model then going up with every little or major change.
The 41 was offered from 1872 to 1897, and was probably phased out in favor of the more versatile Stanley 45's.The flowchart starts by asking questions about the cast iron bed of your plane.I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.These features are avoided where possible, along with features that appear in only some planes of a given type (i.e. Where possible, the flowchart uses parts that were probably replaced less often, such as frogs, depth adjustment screws and lateral adjustment levers.This approach doesn't guarantee that you'll date your plane correctly, as the flowchart can be thrown off by some hybrids.