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Stanley 12-136 No. 4 Smoothing Bench Plane

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  • Base and frog cast as one for accuracy
  • Patented lateral adjustment locking feature
  • Cherry wood handle and knob for comfort with solid brass adjustments for smooth operation
  • Iron casting for weight and durability
  • Mouth adjustment for different types of wood
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Stanley 12-136 No. 4 Smoothing Bench Plane + Stanley 12-139 Bailey No.60-1/2 Low Angle Block Plane + Stanley 12-137 No.62 Low Angle Jack Plane
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Product Description

A Stanley Tradition since 1843 - Stanley reintroduces their Sweet Heart logo with a new line of premium hand planes. If you're a woodworker, finding an old Stanley tool with their Sweet Heart logo is like finding a treasure, and many consider these hand planes to be the best of the best. These new planes were created with the input of users and engineers combining science and the art of tool making to produce the best possible tool. Each plane features an adjustable mouth , a 1/8'' thick A2 steel blade, a one-piece precision ground frog and base casting, and a limited lifetime warranty. Generally referred to as a smoothing plane, Stanley's No.4 is 2-1/2'' wide x 10'' long with a 2'' wide blade and at nearly 5 lbs. is the perfect size for that final surface smoothing prior to applying the finish. There is also a lateral adjustment lock to ensure cut accuracy. Front knob and tote are genuine American cherry. Instructions for care and use included.

From the Manufacturer

Smoothing bench plane with a thicker blade made of A2 steel for increased edge retention that reduces "chatter". Product has a limited lifetime warranty and had easy use adjustments and has a lateral patented adjustment locking feature.

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Technical Details
Part Number 12-136
Item Weight5.7 pounds
Product Dimensions13.1 x 6.8 x 3.2 inches
OriginMexico
Item model number12-136
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty DescriptionLimited lifetime
  
Additional Information
ASINB002B56CUO
Best Sellers Rank #16,141 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableJune 22, 2008
  
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By William Lattanzio on September 13, 2011
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I would like to preface this review by saying that the next plane I will purchase is a Lie Nielsen Jack. I am a huge fan of Lie Nielsen's tools and think that they are the best production woodworking tools in the world, and luckily had the opportunity to use them. So why did I purchase the Stanley? I have an old Stanley #3 that is just about at the end of it's rope and I needed a new smoother. I came close to buying the Lie Nielsen #4 but didn't. The reason is that I am saving for the Jack.
Enter the Stanley #4. I couldn't afford both, and I own a few of the new Stanley socket chisels that I think are excellent quality. So I decided to give the Stanley plane a try. The plane is quite heavy(in a good way) and cast of ductile iron. It looks like a premium plane at the least. The iron was sharp out of the box and seems of very good quality, another expectation for a premium plane. The tote and knob are cherry and so far feel fine, so far so good! The sole is flat and the throat adjusting works fine. My one problem so far is the iron adjustment. It is not as smooth as I like, but still a quantum leap over my older plane. The plane is much like the Veritas #4 in my opinion.(The funny thing is that Lie Nielsen's planes are copies of the old Stanley's, albeit much improved)
So is this plane worth it? I believe so. I am not in the business of fixing old tools or tinkering with cheap ones til they work and wanted a plane that could work right out of the box. This plane delivered in that category although I did sharpen the iron not long after first using it. It isn't a Lie Nielsen, but I didn't expect it to be. It is however a great value for it's price range. If I had picked up this plane at a woodworking store and used it without knowing anything about it I would have thought it around $200.00.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By PML on March 19, 2012
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Clearly Stanley is going after Veritas and Lie-Nielsen with their Sweetheart line of planes. And it's ironic that as their competitors continue to improve on the original Stanley Bedrock design Stanley has taken a different approach. After over 100 years of offering bench planes with an adjustable frog Stanley has borrowed an idea from their block planes with this new design.

I own a Veritas #4, it's great, and a number of Bailey and Bedrock design planes. I bought this plane specifically for the mouth adjustment design which is similar to that on a block plane. This means that the frog is part of the base casting. I thought this and the 1/8" blade that is the new standard should make a pretty sturdy plane. It did.

And this is a beautifully made plane. The base casting is smooth and flat. The sides are polished, "Stanley SW #4" is etched on the right side. The cherry tote is held in place by a clever brass cross bolt also bearing "#4". That should help the tote last as long as the plane body. I always laugh at write-ups that say, "Comfortable knob and tote", but that is the case for this model. The weight is substantial and the blade was ground to a very nice finish and honed, ready for use.

Indeed, the mouth adjustment is easy and intuitive. You loosen the cherry knob, adjust the opening with the large brass lever, then re tighten the knob. No tools. Clever and aesthetically pleasing, something I look for in tools.

The cap iron was so well machined that I once mistook it for the blade. I ran into a little trouble there. On my first try, maple shavings were getting wedged between the blade and cap iron. I had to grind a relief angle on the cap iron starting with a coarse Crystolon stone working up to fine India.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By williamsamoscar on November 26, 2010
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On a scale of 1 to 10, l would rank the quality of this plane as a 7. The blade cap holder in my opinion is a bit flimsy, not solid and heavy compared to the veritas cap holder, and the black paint started to wear off after one week. In regards to other aspects of this plane: 1/ The plane is reasonably heavey for its size, much heavier than the veritas No4 plane. 2/ The blade was extremely sharp,ready to use. 3/ The rear handle is comfortable and generous in size.It will accommodate a person with a large hand. 4/ I personnally found the front knob to be a little to high for my comfort level. 5/ The mouth opening ajustment operates smoothly and is machined very accurate. 6/ The norris style blade ajustment works well, however l felt that it had a fration more back lash when compared to the veritas No4 plane. 7/ The frog machining is very good. 8/ Over all considering the cheap price, I stand by my ranking 7/10.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By YellowstoneWoodworker on May 19, 2010
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After many years of woodworking, I felt like my skill level with hand planes finally improved significantly when I started using this new No. 4 smoother. It is beefy, as it should be, well-machined, and feels just right, even on hickory and other hardwoods. I'll be using it a lot.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Todd on April 7, 2011
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This plane makes a neophite like me feel as though I have been using hand planes for a decade or more. The blade does need to be honed properly as I expected. With the lack of a frog, adjustments are easy compared to my vintage No.5. This is a very nice product, and it fit into my budget compared to other manufactures. I have, and will continue to, recommend this plane to friends.
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