Bedrock No 5 type 1

In 1898 Stanley began producing this high end bench plane for more discriminating and/or professional craftsmen. Though better quality, it was more expensive and never as popular as the Bailey line. Note that the early models were numbered with single digits, like the Bailey.

Type 1 Bedrock No 5

The performance of the Bedrock was considered top quality, even 120 years later.

Bedrock frog design

The unique features of the frog, including the full face mating surface and adjusting screw, made it easier to adjust and eliminated any "chatter". Early types have a milled out area below the patent dates, the result of a casting error on one date.

Bedrock No 4 tp 2 before

This type 2 No 4 was in rough condition when found. Note the broken tote horn and frog.

Bedrock No 4 tp 2 after

With a new frog and repaired tote horn, this type 2 presents quite beautifully.

Bedrock 602 tp 3

In about 1900 Stanley began using the 3 digit numbering system (60X)on the Bedrock to differentiate it more clearly from the Bailey.

604 tp 4

Nice example of a type 4 smoother c1908

607 as purchased

607 tote before

607 tote as found

607 repaired tote

OK, not perfect but better than before

607 Tp 4

After a repair and recondition

Bedrock 602 type 4 c1909-1910

Type 4 Bedrocks were the last of the round top side model. Early examples sported a 3 line lever cap and the later production 2 line.

Bedrock 602 type 4

The 2 line caps had the "B" cast on the backside but generally no where else. Stanley made Keen Kutter K- and Winchester W- planes are based on the type 4 Bedrock.

Bedrock 603 type 5

In 1911 Stanley completely redesigned the look and functionality of the Bedrock. The 3 screw frog design was introduced allowing easier manipulation of its mouth adjustment. The top of the sides were flattened further differentiating it from its Bailey cousin.

Bedrock 603 tp 5

This nearly unused example of a 603 type 5 was found in an old shipping crate along with several other similarly dated craftsman's tools. The box was lined with a number of perfectly preserved copies of the Portland Oregonian dating as far back as March of 1924.

Bedrock 602 type 6

605 type 7

Bedrock No 4 Type 8

Type 8 were produced c1927-30

Bedrock No 4 tp 8 c 1927-1930

Bedrock 602 Type 9SW

c1931-1932

Bedrock 607 Type 9 c1930-31

This example sports and orange frog, a unique characteristic to the later Sweetheart planes

605 tp 10 before

605 tp 10 after

604 tp 11

Bedrock 605 Type 12 c1943

The last "official" Bedrock production model was produced just after the beginning of WWII in 1943. The design, however has been reincarnated and is now used by a number of modern manufacturing companies as the basis for a new generation of bench planes.

Casting thickness comparison

Contrasting pre WWII and wartime production of Stanley bench planes, hardwood replaced rosewood, most brass was replaced with steel, but the castings were much thicker and heavier as shown in this photo.

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