|Item Weight||5.8 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||13.1 x 6.8 x 3.2 inches|
|Item model number||12-136|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||Limited lifetime|
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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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Includes No. 4 Sweetheart Smoothing Bench Plane - 12-136. Stanley Hand Tools is a brand of hand tools. It is a division of Stanley Black & Decker, following the 2010 merger of The Stanley Works with Black & Decker
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.
Top customer reviews
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. I can't believe that Stanley is machining the raised edge of the cap iron parallel to the iron itself. That would always cause a gap to open when the cap iron was tightened to the blade. After that fix I got lacy shavings of curled maple.
Besides the minus things, what I have got here is a masterpiece! Made of a ductile cast iron, it won't crack easily, even you drop it from your work bench. The blade is A2 steel, very thick, like low angle plane blades, very strong, sharp out of the box. But you still need to polish it. I think no need to touch up the plane bed. I believe it flat enough. Still need 30 minutes top for lapping the sole.
This plane is really a new animal. It combines the best features from bevel down planes with the best features from bevel up/ low angle planes. Among others, it has adjustable mouth. Although it does not have stopper like V brand, it won't slamed your blade and incidentally destroy the edge. Fixed bed for stability, nice cap iron, ready to use, flat style, not humpback, norris adjuster.
Too bad, once again, stanley made it half hearted caused this plane suffered from several flaws. With better QC, and better accuracy on norris style adjuster, this plane will be unbeatable!
The particular one I received was dead flat in the sole and as square as can be, same for the blade. Great weight and blade alignment. With a little blade lapping and wax on the sole it was running like a champ. Anyhow, I'm not usually the type for reviews and such but I felt Stanley deserved to receive a couple attaboys for what was dropped on my door step.