Stanley Liberty Bell Smoothing Plane - No. 104

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Stanley 104 Plane Review By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: Stanley

Plane Type: Smoothing

Model No: 104

The Stanley Liberty Bell smoothing plane number 104 was originally fitted with a Rosewood handle and front knob.

The plane had a lever adjuster for adjusting the depth of the cut. The adjuster was located on the right hand side, behind the frog. It is operated by moving the lever up and down; down moves the blade downwards, up moves the blade upwards.

The lever cap was marked with a picture of a bell and the number '76' which represents the year this model of plane was first produced.

stanley liberty bell plane number 104

The Stanley Liberty Bell smoothing plane was first produced in 1876 to commemorate the Centennial. Production of this plane ceased after World War One (1919).

The body of the plane has a raised oval ridge running through the centre of the top face. There is also a lowered groove either side of the handle and the front knob.

Some of the plane blades had the markings 'Stanley Pat Apl 19.92' and some had 'Stanley Rule & Level Co New Britain Conn USA' (there may have been other markings).

stanley liberty bell plane number 104

Plane Construction

stanley liberty bell plane

Width: 57mm

Length Of Sole: 227mm

Mouth Width: 55mm

Cast Thickness: 1.5mm (had the sides been skimmed on our example?)

Handle and Knob: Rosewood

Plane finish: black

stanley liberty bell plane 104

Stanley 104 Plane Blade / Cutter

Width: 52.5mm

Blade Thickness: 2mm

Slot Length: 120mm

Slot Width: 8mm

Top Of Blade Shape: Square

Blade Markings 1: 'Stanley Pat Apl 19.92'

Blade Markings 2: 'Stanley Rule & Level Co New Britain Conn USA'


Plane Markings

"76" inside a picture of a bell - found on the lever cap face.


Manufactured Dates

1876 - 1919


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