Block & Specialty Models 68 through 206B

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. 68

Double End Block Plane Double End Block Plane

Equipped with two throats and two cutter seats. Cap and cutter can be repositioned for use as either a bull nose or a standard block plane. Non-adjustable, with screw-operated cap clamp. Iron is bedded at 20 degrees.

  1. early production—black-enameled body and red cap; model number and manufacturer's name cast into bed around cocobolo knob.
  2. later production—body and cap are black-enameled; model number and manufacturer's name stamped on left cheek; 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. 68 No. 130 8 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 1961

Nos. 75, 75-01, 75-01B

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Non-adjustable throat, 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.

    by 1956—knob is attached to body by an externally visible screw.
  1. by 1976—the knob on the depth adjustment is made of plastic, body is enameled blue-gray and cap is either silver or dull red paint.

A larger version of the No. 45, it was renumbered 75-01 in 1969. Some of this later production was numbered 75-01B.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 75 No. 220 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 198?

No. 77

Closed-Throat Router Closed-Throat Router

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. 77 No. 71 1/2 7 1/2 inches N/A 1929 1961

No. 85

Rabbet and fillester plane Rabbet and filletster plane

Equipped with two cutter seats—rear seat with a lever adjustment for cutter depth and forward seat for bull nose work. Adjustable fence on steel arm can be used on either side of plane. A three-point spur and depth gauge are standard equipment. Black-enameled body with screw-operated cap clamp.

Illustration from 1938 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 85 No. 78 8 1/2 inches 1 1/2 inches 1935 1971

No. 87

Non-Adjustable Block Plane Non-Adjustable Block Plane

Equipped with screw-operated cap clamp. Iron is bedded at 20 degrees.

  1. early production—black-enameled body and red cap; model number and manufacturer's name cast into bed around cocobolo knob.
  2. later production—body and cap are black-enameled; model number and manufacturer's name stamped on left cheek; 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. 87 No. 110 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 1964

No. 95

Weather Strip Plane Weather Strip Plane

Designed for rabbeting window sash prior to the installation of metal weather stripping. Identical to No. 85 except for addition of polished steel runner which can be clamped in place by a knurled thumb nut. Equipped with two cutter seats—rear seat with a lever adjustment for cutter depth and forward seat for bull nose work. Adjustable fence on steel arm can be used on either side of plane. A three-point spur and depth gauge are standard equipment. Black-enameled body with screw-operated cap clamp. The second edition of Catalog No. 41 is the only M-F catalog to include a proper illustration. Catalog No. 42 contains a description only.

Illustration from 1936 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 95 No. 78W 8 1/2 inches 1 1/2 inches 1935 by 1944

No. 97

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Equipped with screw-operated cap clamp and lever depth adjustment. Iron is bedded at 20 degrees.

    early production—black-enameled body and red cap; model number and manufacturer's name cast into bed around cocobolo knob.
  1. later production—body and cap are black-enameled; model number and manufacturer's name stamped on left cheek; tropical hardwood knob.
  2. 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. 97 No. 120 7 inches 1 5/8 inches 1929 by 1960

Nos. 206

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Often used in shop classes as stamped steel body does not break when dropped. Screw-operated cap clamp. Body is black-enameled. Iron bedded at 20 degrees and Bailey-style depth adjustment.

Illustration from 1949 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 206 none 6 1/4 inches 1 5/8 inches ca. 1940 1959

Nos. 206B

Adjustable Block Plane Adjustable Block Plane

Often used in shop classes as stamped steel body does not break when dropped. Screw-operated cap clamp. Body is black-enameled. Bedding angle is 12 degrees and depth adjustment is screw type.

Illustration from 1960 catalog.

Model Stanley Equiv. Length Cutter Start Date End Date
No. 206 No. 118 6 1/4 inches 1 5/8 inches 1959 1971