Antique / Collectible & User Quality Stanley Bedrock Bench Planes Sizes 602 - 608
Stanley's Bedrock planes were the top of the
line bench planes that Stanley Rule & Level Co. offered. Bedrock planes were first introduced around 1898 and
production ceased in 1943 with the start of WWII. Stanley Bedrock Planes
are one of the most sought after and highly regarded bench planes ever
produced due to their superior quality, top of the line design features, and
the super usability traits that they exhibit.
Comparing a Bedrock
plane to the standard
line of bench planes Stanley offered is like comparing a Cadillac or
Corvette to a regular Chevy or Vega. Both were made by Chevrolet, both
are cars and but
what a difference. Stanley's
Bedrock planes had a unique frog design milled flat to match the bed of the
plane. The standard line of Stanley planes have cast
recesses where wood 'chips were prone to gather with the real possibility of throwing the plane
out of adjustment.
After a short period
flattened the side rails of this line of planes to make them look more distinctive from their regular
offerings. First model Bedrocks were numbered 2 thru 8 and
only the 3 line Bedrock Cap and frog design distinguished them from the regular line of
bench planes. Stanley soon changed their
numbers to be the 600 series to set them apart form the standard line of
bench planes. A few years later they flattened the sides. Over the years the
Bedrock name on the lever cap changed from a 3 line
Bedrock cap, to a single line Bedrock, then to a short lived 2 line version. Finally near
the end of the production period Stanley simply went to the Stanley inscribed
lever cap used on their regular line of planes. Below you will find a nice cross section of
these Stanley planes. Enjoy.
# 607 C Corrugated Jointer Plane
This # 607 C Corrugated Bedrock Jointer plane is an early round side model.
It is in overall nice condition. It has the 2 line Bedrock cap
making it a type 4 from 1908 - 1910. The japanning is near 90% or better
and looks great. There are no casting cracks or other problems in the body
or main casting. The rosewood handle and knob look great. The sides
and bottom have no rust or pitting and look good as well. The throat is good.
It looks as if the chip breaker has been replaced, but the cutter is the proper
vintage and nice. Nice enough for the collection, or it will make a great user.
Bedrock Type 1 # 608 C Corrugated Bottom Jointer Plane This is a Type 1 / 2 Stanley Bed Rock 608 C that dates from 1898 - 1999.
When Stanley first introduced this style of plane they numbered them like their
typical line of planes. It was not until the type 3 offered in 1900 that
they started using the 600 series to number the planes and differentiate them
from the regular line of bench planes. The type 1 / 2 Bedrocks had the
special new mated frog design but were numbered with just a single number. The other
distinguishing feature of these early Bed Rocks is that there is a milled out
area where a patent date that was in conflict with a competitors patent was
ground out. After the plane had been japanned.
has been lightly cleaned, and has a rich dark patina. There is no rust or pitting to speak of.
A previous owner did scratch his name on the side with an electric pen. There is
at least 80% of the of the japanning if not more. The
knob and handle are the premium Rosewood of the era and very nice. The
cutter is long, proper and OK. Good throat. Overall it is a
very nice plane and good enough for the collection, or will be a fine user. A nice plane.