Tool Test: Stanley’s New Premium Plane


The venerable tool company stages a comeback in the woodworking market.
By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 28

From the October 2009 issue #178
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It has been a long time since The Stanley Works built a handplane that was aimed at the demanding woodworker. But this year, the company shocked the hand-tool world when it announced it was producing a line of five premium handplanes.

The new line includes a redesigned No. 4 smoothing plane, a bevel-up jack plane based on the company’s No. 62, two block planes and a shoulder plane.

The most interesting, unusual and useful tool in the line is the No. 4, which we’ll review here. We’ll review the other planes in the line on our web site.


From the October 2009 issue #178
Buy this issue now