STANLEY # 51 CHUTE BOARD PLANE
Manufactured:1909 to 1943 Length: 15 inches Blade Width: 2-3/8 inches Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle Finish: Japanned Features: Skewed blade Uses: Trims and mitres end grain This is an L-shaped plane (in cross-section), with a skewed blade (relative to the sole), and is designed to clean up mitres on finer work. It has the typical Bailey adjustment mechanism, and a rosewood tote. The body of the plane is ground square so that it can cut accurately as its sole rides on a flat surface. The plane was designed to be used with the chute board. The lateral lever, common on all the Bailey bench planes, plays an important role for this plane in the patternmaking trade. The lever can angle the iron, relative to the sole, by the desired amount to give the work being planed the proper draft. Draft is the slight angle given to a pattern so that the resulting casting can pop free from the sand. If you find yourself in need of a replacement cutter or lever cap, both are identical to those used on the #6 and #7 planes. Shipping will be calculated to your Zip. I've looked at most of the listings for Stanley Planes on E-bay and I didn't see any other # 51's. If you are a coolector or just starting a collection this plane is a really good one! only one small flaw, not bad, is a small piece out of the top of the tote .... see picture. # 4. The Japaned finish is excellent. With proper cleaning it would look like new.