Block & Specialty Models 45 through 67

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. 45

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Non-adjustable throat, with cam-lock cap and screw-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twenty degrees. Body and cap are black-enameled. Earlier production features cocobolo knob—tropical hardwood comes later. A smaller version of the no. 75.

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. 45 No. 203 5 1/2 inches 1 3/8 inches 1929 1964

No. 46

Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane

Equipped with an adjustable throat, cam-lock cap and screw-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twelve degrees. Body is black-enameled. Although catalog illustration depicts black enamel, cap is nickel plated. Identical to the early no. 56 save for model number and plating on cap.

Millers Falls used the same illustration for the low-angled nos. 46 and 56. The author has done so as well.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 46 No. 60 6 inches 1 3/8 inches 1929 by 1944

No. 47

Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane

Equipped with an adjustable throat and screw-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twelve degrees. Body is black-enameled. Fitted with 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 no. 57 save for model number and knuckle-joint cap.

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

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 47 No. 65 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 by June 1948

No. 55

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Equipped with screw-operated cap clamp and lever depth adjustment. Sides are not milled. Iron is bedded at 20 degrees.

  1. early production—black-enameled body and red cap; manufacturer's name cast into bed around front button.
  2. later production—body and cap are black-enameled; manufacturer's name no longer cast into bed around button.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 55 No. 103 5 1/2 inches 1 3/8 inches 1929 1960

Nos. 56, 56B (Low Angle)

Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane

Equipped with adjustable throat, cam-lock cap and screw-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twelve degrees. Body and cap are black-enameled. By 1976, the knob on the depth adjustment is made of plastic.

Millers Falls used the same illustration for the low-angled nos. 56 and 57. The author has done so as well.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 56 No. 60 1/2 6 inches 1 3/8 inches 1929 1976

No. 56 (Standard Angle)

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Equipped with adjustable throat and cam-lock cap. Iron is bedded at 20 degrees. Early production features screw-type depth adjustment. Body enameled blue-gray and cap dull red. Beginning 1979, fitted with lateral adjustment lever and Bailey-type depth adjustment.

When the company introduced this version of the no. 56, it referred to it as a "high angle" block plane so as to distinguish it from its low-angled predecessor.

Illustration from 1979 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 56 No. 9 1/2 6 inches
  1. 1 3/8 inches (1976)
  2. 1 5/8 inches (1977)
1976 198?

No. 57

Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane

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

Millers Falls used the same illustration for the low-angled nos. 56 and 57. The author has done so as well.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 57 No. 65 1/2 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 1964

Nos. 64, 65

Scraper plane Scraper Plane

Features an adjustable cutter holder. Body is black-enameled. Earlier production with cocobolo double-grip handle; hardwood handle comes later. No. 65 is identical to no. 64 but features a rosewood bottom.

The Millers Falls Company used the same illustration to depict the no. 64 and no. 65. The author as done so as well.

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. 64 No. 12 6 1/4 inches 2 7/8 inches 1929 by 1944
No. 65 No. 12 1/2 6 1/4 inches 2 7/8 inches 1929 by 1944

No. 66

Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane Adjustable Low Angle Block Plane

With a non-adjustable throat, cam-lock cap and screw-type depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at twelve degrees. Body and cap are black-enameled. Earlier production features cocobolo knob—tropical hardwood comes later. Was re-introduced, ca. 1956, as the no. 1455.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 66 No. 61 6 inches 1 3/8 inches 1929 by 1944

No. 67

Open-throat router Open-Throat Router

Includes an attachment to close the throat for use on narrow surfaces. Cutter can be reversed for bull nose work. Earlier models shipped with 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch cutters. Shipped with additional pointed cutter (1/2 inch wide) and fence by 1949.

  1. early production—nickel-plated frame.
  2. later production—frame is black-enameled.
  3. by 1955—frame is painted gray; hardwood handles are lacquered black.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 67 No. 71 7 1/2 inches N/A 1929 1964