Dating british made stanley planes
The Stanley #78 is a plane I have kept turning to for 50 years because of its versatility, compactness and reliable neatness.As with all planes it has unique nuances everyone should learn of but let’s discuss the plane in general first.
Though nowhere near as complicated and involving as dating Stanley planes, Record hand planes did have their differences over a 70 year history and some of them are listed here.
It is not common practice to clean up machine work today.
Looking at most surfaces in houses, even on architraves and skirting boards, I see the monotonous ripple left from machines as the light catches the high points exaggerating the rotary cuts.
Two makers I know have made this plane with only one difference and that is adding an extra bar to make twin bar rigidity to the fence.
In actuality this makes little or no difference to functionality unless you are prone to overly bulldogging the plane to the wood and break the fence itself.