The new line of premium Stanley planes should be available in January or February 2009, according to Stanley officials. The planes were originally planned for a November 2008 release, but a company official said they needed to fine-tune the finished appearance of the tools , plus Stanley ran into a couple mechanical snags.
The premium line of planes , two block planes, a smoothing plane, shoulder plane and low-angle jack , are aimed to compete with premium planemakers such as Veritas, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Clifton. You can read a detailed write-up of the specifications of the new Stanley tools in this earlier article.
Stanley’s premium chisels are still being fine-tuned, and no release date has been set, according to the official.
Meanwhile, Stanley officials are working on the packaging and released the updated renderings shown here. You can see how these new planes incorporate the famous Stanley “Sweetheart” logo into the tools. As soon as we have photos of the tools, we’ll post those as well.
– Christopher Schwarz