Dating hand planes
I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.Unfortunately, many plane types share the same bed markings, so other features are also used in dating.I converted the type study to hypertext and added the plane dating flowchart and feature timeline.
There are detailed type studies available, usually starting with type 1 for the first model then going up with every little or major change.
Please see the full Type Study and Plane Chart pages for additional information, including dates.
has probably gone through many hands and changing fortunes.
When dating planes, especially bench planes, it is usual to concentrate on the main parts - bodies, frogs and lever caps.
Other smaller parts, including cutters, are user replaceable and could distort the dating process if not original to the tool.