Therefore, as these features were added to the bench plane line, the No.1 would have remained unchanged making for fewer, longer-produced types.One story is of a Stanley salesperson who did a number of trade shows carrying a Stanley No. The plane was attached to a chain hooked to his belt.
1 bench plane in a traditional manner is young trade school students. Now, they’re highly sought after at auction where good examples can fetch thousands of dollars.
Smaller hands allowed them to hold the plane by the handles and push it along much as an adult would use a No. One popular theory is that the small plane was a salesman’s sample.
In addition to Stanley’s regular production, Stanley also made a “Liberty Bell” model in the 1870s and the “Defiance” model in the 1927 to 1929 period. Stanley was a successful company and the reason it manufactured the No. Sales may have not been in the millions but were clearly adequate enough to keep this jewel in the pages of the catalogs for years.
Stanley was the last company to manufacture the plane and stopped catalog offerings in 1943. 1 plane was a hit on hardware store shelves for more than 78 years. 1 is produced with a bronze body but is otherwise very similar to the traditional iron-bodied Stanley version. Only the cultural transformation of World War II was able to halt production. Beekeepers work far from a workbench and the small plane was easy to tote about.
My list of documented uses now numbers eight and continues to grow slowly.
I’ll share some of these uses with you, but first some background. 1 was most likely made by Leonard Bailey in Boston by 1865 (or slightly earlier).It is recommended that Smith’s Type Study be followed and types such as Type 5 be simply noted as not produced in the No. Author’s Note: Stanley often used parts with earlier trademarks or stamps long after redesigns had been introduced.Dating by mark is an indication of a “not earlier than” date – not a production date.Today, many of us like to look at the shelf and think we know a new reason, but just maybe there was a carpenter or two in the 1890s who salted a No.1 away in the corner of his box just because it was cute.As major changes took place in the larger planes, similar changes, when applicable, can be found in the No. Exceptions to this rule are the plane’s lateral adjustment lever, some frog redesigns and the 1910 frog-adjuster screw, as these parts were never incorporated into the No. No less than five different companies offered a similar miniature plane: L.Bailey, Stanley Rule & Level Co., Ohio Tool Co., Union Manufacturing Co. The little planes were all more or less 5“-wide cutters. was the only company to offer a version with a corrugated sole.From looking at existing examples and catalogs, it seems clear that the No.1 followed roughly the same development as the larger Stanley bench planes.I doubt this use was widespread and was certainly not the reason for manufacturing the plane.However, the quality construction and small size would certainly make the small plane a convenient sales tool.