Rule and Level company was formed in the late 1850's and began their business
producing a line of folding rules and general hardware in New Britain Conn.
Levels came next, and a few years later they
got into the woodworking plane making business producing a line of metal
bodied planes utilizing Leonard Baileys Patents and designs for metal bodied
bench planes and scrapers.
That association had a rocky history
and that story is detailed in Roger Smiths books on the history and development
of Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America Vol. 1 & 2.
They are worthwhile reads.
After Stanley's initial success with Leonard Bailey's
patents and the acceptance of metal bodied planes by America's
working craftsmen Stanley added new designs and innovative models to their
line of metal bodied woodworking planes including many different rabbet planes, dado
planes, compass planes and other specialty woodworking planes in addition to
their line of standard
bench planes. These designs have famous names like the Miller's Patent
or Schrade associated with them as well as other lesser known inventors
patents and ideas that Stanley bought and utilized in their designs.
Stanley Rule and Level Company spent a lot of time and effort
developing a market, and filling the need or demand of early craftspeople
wanting top quality tools. Stanley woodworking planes were designed
for use in a wide range of applications in many different trades besides those typically associated with woodworking or cabinetry. They
produced specialty planes aimed at cabinet makers, patternmakers, butchers,
electricians, and more to fill these diverse needs.
The full range of Stanley's plane line
will be found on this page.
Many of these vintage and antique
Stanley planes are suitable for both the advanced or beginning tradesmen
and craftsmen for use today. Users ranging from professional
cabinet makers, furniture makers and finish carpenters will find planes
on this page that will be useful in their endeavors. Even general
woodworkers and carpenters on the job or in the home woodworking woodshop
will find planes and other tools made by Stanley that will be quite useful. Many will
be in fine condition and acceptable for inclusion in collections of antique
tools and planes.
There are planes by other makers
available and some nice planes are even being produced today, but for the
money, the quality and performance of a nice Stanley / Bailey plane or Stanley
Bedrock plane can not be matched.
Antique woodworking planes including
some rare and unusual patented planes by other makers can be found my other
tool pages right now. Please visit those pages by clicking the links
found in the left hand column. I attempt to grade my tools conservatively,
and will tell you about defects or major alterations such as replaced parts
or repaints which in general I try not to carry. If you have
any questions about individual pieces that I have for sale feel free to
Click any of the
BLUE underlined titles for the description,
price, and pictures!!