Block & Specialty Models 07 through 37

Much of the information provided below is derived from a study of Millers Falls catalogs. Please realize that the collection used as a resource is not comprehensive and that M-F catalog copy could be astonishingly inaccurate. Understand that the Stanley equivalents listed are what might be termed "close matches" and that some details of the planes are not necessarily identical.

No. 07

Adjustable Block and Rabbet Plane Adjustable Block and Rabbet Plane

Features a screw-operated cap clamp and depth adjustment. The removable right side allows for conversion to rabbet plane. Skew iron is bedded at 20 degrees. Body is black-enameled and cap is nickel plated.

  1. early production—model number cast into back of bed; cocobolo knob.
  2. later production—model number no longer cast into bed; tropical hardwood knob.
  3. by 1956—knob is attached to body by an externally visible screw.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 07 No. 140 7 inches 1 3/4 inches 1929 1970

No. 3

Non-Adjustable Block Plane Non-Adjustable Block Plane

A small, squirrel-tailed block plane favored by model and instrument makers. Screw-operated cap clamp. Sides are not milled. Iron is bedded at 45 degrees. Body and cap are black-enameled.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 3 No. 100 3 1/2 inches 1 inch 1929 by 1944

Nos. 4, 4-01, 4-02

Bull Nose Rabbet Plane Bull Nose Rabbet Plane

A small plane for working in close quarters and up into corners. Non-adjustable, with screw-operated cap clamp. Iron is bedded at 45 degrees. Body and cap are black-enameled. Renumbered 4-01 in 1969. In 1971, it was renumbered 4-02 and production switched to England.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 4 No. 75 4 inches 1 inch 1929 1974

No. 5

Non-Adjustable Block Plane Non-Adjustable Block Plane

A small plane with a screw-operated cap clamp. Sides are not milled. Iron is bedded at 20 degrees. Body and cap are black-enameled.

  1. early production—manufacturer's name cast into bed around front button.
  2. later production—manufacturer's name no longer cast into bed around button.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 5 No. 102 5 1/2 inches 1 3/8 inches 1929 1964

Nos. 9 1/2, 10 1/2

Scrub Plane Scrub Plane

A non-adjustable plane with a screw-operated cap clamp. Designed for the rapid removal of stock. Sides are not milled. Heavy duty iron with rounded cutting edge is bedded at 20 degrees. Catalogs indicate body and cap are black-enameled and that handle and knob are mahogany-finished hardwood. Models with red caps and cocobolo handles and totes have been observed. The red-capped models appear to be of later production.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 9 1/2 No. 40 9 1/2 inches 1 1/8 inches 1929 by 1944
No. 10 1/2 No. 40 1/2 10 1/2 inches 1 1/2 inches 1929 by 1944

No. 16

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Equipped with an adjustable throat, cam-lock cap, lateral adjustment lever and Bailey-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twenty degrees. Body and cap are black enameled.

  1. early production—manufacturer's name cast into bed around front knob.
  2. later production—manufacturer's name no longer cast into bed around knob.

The Millers Falls Company used the illustration of the No. 17 to depict this plane. The author as done so as well. Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 16 No. 9 1/2 6 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 1971

No. 16-CG

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Equipped with an adjustable throat, cam-lock cap, lateral adjustment lever and screw-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twenty degrees. Body and cap are black enameled.

Produced under contract for United States government.

Author's photograph.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 16 none 6 inches 1 5/8 inches ca. 1966 ca. 1971

No. 17

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Equipped with an adjustable throat, cam-lock cap, lateral adjustment lever and Bailey-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twenty degrees. Body and cap are black-enameled.

  1. early production—manufacturer's name cast into bed around front knob.
  2. later production—manufacturer's name no longer cast into bed around knob.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 17 No. 15 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 1964

Nos. 26, 27

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Equipped with an adjustable throat, cam-lock cap, lateral adjustment lever and Bailey-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twenty degrees. Body is black-enameled. Nickel-plated cap.

    early production—manufacturer's name cast into bed around front knob.
  1. later production—manufacturer's name no longer cast into bed around knob.

The Millers Falls Company used a single illustration to depict both planes. The author as done so as well. Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 26 No. 16 6 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 by 1944
No. 27 No. 17 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 by 1944

No. 33

Non-Adjustable Block Plane Non-Adjustable Block Plane

A small plane with a screw-operated cap clamp favored by model and instrument makers. Sides are not milled. Iron is bedded at 45 degrees. Body and cap are black-enameled on earlier production. Beginning ca. 1952, body is gray-enameled, cap is red. Shipped in a box with the V-Line (Value Line) label from 1956 to ca. 1960.

Illustration from 1949 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 33 No. 101 3 1/2 inches 1 inches 1929 1974

Nos. 36, 37

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Features an adjustable throat, lateral adjustment lever and Bailey-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twenty degrees. Body is black-enameled. Fitted with a nickel-plated, knuckle-joint lever cap. Jointed lever caps, prone to unlock with careless use, were referred to as "knuckle busters" by generations of woodworkers. Identical to Nos. 16 and 17 save for model number and knuckle-joint cap.

  1. early production—manufacturer's name cast into bed around front knob.
  2. later production—manufacturer's name no longer cast into bed around knob.

The Millers Falls Company used a single illustration to depict both planes. The author as done so as well. Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 36 No. 18 6 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 by 1961
No. 37 No. 19 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 by 1961