- NOTE: This type discussion, along with the
foregoing material, is based on personal examination of numerous Bed Rock specimens since
1973. Many specimens have been seen, but there is always the potential for finding a new
type or an anomaly. The format used for the type discussions and trademark designations
generally follows other published studies. Emphasized features are in BOLD ITALICS.
- This is the Type Study part of a larger paper
of 8 pages that also discusses the history, development and characteristics of this, the
best plane ever made. The complete paper may purchased for $3.00. See Tool Literature.
- August, 1988 (Revised Sept., 1988; Apr., 1991;June,1996; July,
1997; Nov., 1999)
- TYPE 1. 1898
- Beds marked with Bailey model numbers, No.2 to
8. All sizes in production including those with corrugated bottoms. Space (SEPT.
3. 95) below "PATD APR. 2. 95" has been milled out
at the factory [1A]. See page 2 of discussions. "S"
casting mark on bed (raised dot on some specimens).
Patent Date (Sept.3.95) Detail
- Most plane beds of this type are shorter than Type 3 (No.605 is 13-1/2"
vs. 14" later type).
- Rounded sides profile, like Bailey planes.
- Frogs with "B" casting marks.
Lateral adjustment lever with patent dates 10-21-84 &7-24-88.
Frog & bed machined & mated 100%; inclined frog seat. [1B]. "STANLEY
R & L CO...BED ROCK" on lever caps. "B" casting marks.
- Q tm on most irons [1D].
- Low knob. Handle shapes same as those of comparable
vintage Bailey planes.
- TYPE 2. 1898-1899
- - All features of TYPE 1., except...
- 7-24-88 only patent date on frog lateral adjustment
- TYPE 2a. 1899
- - All features of TYPE 2., except...
- Beds marked "No.60..". Only No.603,
604 Planes have been found of this type.
- TYPE 3. 1900-1908
- - All features of TYPE 2., except...
- Beds now marked with "600"
numbers, i.e.; No.602 - 608. No milled out space below "PATD.
APR. 2. 95." "B" casting marks on most standard
- Frogs of some planes nickel-plated on
machined surfaces [3A].
[3A] Plated frog detail
- TYPE 4. 1908-1910
- - All features of TYPE 3., except...
- Beds usually do not have "B" casting
- Frogs have lateral adjustment levers without
- Lever caps now marked "STANLEY....BED
- Irons have T tm on later planes [4B],
S tm on others [4C].
- This style of Bed Rock Plane was also manufactured for Keen
Kutter & Winchester: an identical tool with minor
differences. Click to see Bed Rock &
Keen Kutter Comparisons.
- TYPE 5. 1911
- µ Major changes...
- Beds now marked "BED ROCK"
in addition to "600" numbers. No "B" casting marks.
- "PATD. APR. 2. 95" & APR. 19. 10" rear
- Flat-top Sides.
- Raised knob receiver
- Frogs are now attached to beds with pins and
set screws [5A].
- Irons have T tm [4B].
- Tall knobs.
- TYPE 6. 1912-1921
- - All features of TYPE 5., except...
- Lever caps now marked "BED ROCK"
- Irons have trademarks-
- V Tm (1914-1918). [6B]
- X Tm (1918-1921). [6C]
- TYPE 6a. 1922
- - All features of TYPE 6., except...
- Frog adjustment wheel is larger: 1-1/4"
- Iron has Y Tm (1922-1923). [6D]
- TYPE 7. 1923-1926
- - All features of TYPE 6a., except...
- Beds marked with only one patent date- "U.S.
PAT. APR. 19. 10."
- Lever caps marked "STANLEY"
in the notched rectangular logo. [7A].
- Irons have AA Tm. (1923-1935) [7B].
- No.605-1/4 JACK introduced in 1926.
- TYPE 8. 1927-1930
- - All features of TYPE 7., except...
- Bed now has "MADE IN USA" in
addition to patent date.
- (No.604-1/2-C & 604-1/2 specimens have been found without either marks).
- Knob receiver boss now cupped
for fitting knob [8A]. Several TYPE 6 - No.604
Planes have been found with this feature; possibly a factory "retrofit" of
- [8A] Knob receivers detail: Left- Types 5-7; Right-
Types 8 and later
- TYPE 9. 1931-1932
- - All features of TYPE 8., except...
- Beds no longer have a patent date. "MADE
IN U.S.A." only.
- Lever caps of some planes nickel-plated
with "STANLEY ORANGE" paint [9A].
- TYPE 10. 1933-1941
- - All features of TYPE 9., except...
- Beds of No.603, 604 & 605-1/4
planes have raised handle receivers.
- Frogs of some specimens have "STANLEY
ORANGE" paint on sides.
- Lever caps now have kidney-shaped bolt holes.
- Irons have BB Tm starting in 1936. [10B].
- TYPE 11. 1942
- - All features of TYPE 10., except...
- Bed castings are heavier and thicker.
Start of WWII production and elimination of some finishing processes.
- Lever caps not plated or polished.
- TYPE 12.
- - All features of TYPE 11., except...
- Frog has either hard rubber or small diameter
steel adjustment wheel.
- Knob and handle are hardwood
(maple) and finished with dark varnish stain. All brass parts
eliminated during war-time production.
- END OF PRODUCTION FOR BED ROCK PLANES.
I recently obtained an original copy of a 1923 Stanley promotional
pamphlet which illustrates and describes the Bed Rock Planes
in production at that time. The listing does not include the
No.605-1/4 (see note
at Type 7), but does show the No.602-C as being available, which
contradicts the assumed 1918 end of production for that model. Click
pamphlet cover to view entire publication. Allow time for the page to download, as the image is large,
in order to maintain some kind of readable quality.
ANOMALIES AND OTHER PUZZLES
Bed Rocks that do not fit within the foregoing sequence and
evolution of the series add interest to this and future studies.
TYPE 3Z. c.1900
AFTER MARKET "TYPES"
-Owner-modified planes represent random anomalies rather than factory created types-
Later Bed Rock, Type 5 or later with round profile sides, likely
re-ground by owner.
Various types with plain, un-marked lever caps; likely owner replaced.
- - All characteristics of TYPE 3., except...
- Beds marked with only slanted single digit numbers:"3",
"8", lightly milled space where the "K"
would have been for a Keen Kutter "Bed Rock." Perhaps planes made for Keen
Kutter but later sold by Stanley in the general market.
- No patent dates on the bed.
» I would be interested in hearing about any other anomalies and/or variations
- Bob Kaune -
Antique & Used Tools - 511 W. 11th - Port Angeles, Washington
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