Rare Stanley No. 3 Bullnose Plane
Need to clean up the corners of really wide rabbets? Then I have the plane for you.
This Stanley plane is so rare it doesn’t even show up in John Walter’s “Stanley Tools Guide to Identity & Value.” You won’t find it at Patrick Leach’s Blood & Gore web site. Heck, I don’t even think John Sindelar , tool collector extraordinaire , has one.
That’s because it doesn’t exist. These oddball planes show on eBay sometimes with breathless verbiage about how the tool is super rare. Truth is, it’s a bench plane with a broken casting.
I know this for a fact because I broke it myself on Friday while we were shooting a short video that demonstrates the difference between gray iron (which the Stanley plane is made out of) ductile iron (which Lie-Nielsen and Veritas planes are made from) and cast steel.
So I took handplanes made from these three materials, put them on an anvil and went Old Testament John Henry on them. The Stanley plane shattered like rock candy. As for the other two, you’ll have to wait until we get the video edited.
– Christopher Schwarz
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