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The following tables provide a summary breakdown of identifying characteristics and markings of the Bodies, Frogs and Receivers, Lateral Adjustment Levers, and Lever Caps on Stanley’s Bailey line of bench planes.Features are broken down by type. These tables provide a helpful quick reference guide for identifying type.
Hopefully by answering a few questions about your plane you can determine which type it is.
This is the first in a series of low angle (12 degrees) block planes that have the blade adjustment mechanism most of us know and love.
It consists of a knob fixed to a threaded rod, which engages a sliding seat that's either cast iron or folded steel.
The flowchart starts by asking questions about the cast iron bed of your plane.
I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.
These features are avoided where possible, along with features that appear in only some planes of a given type (i.e. Where possible, the flowchart uses parts that were probably replaced less often, such as frogs, depth adjustment screws and lateral adjustment levers.