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Stanley Sweetheart Bench Plane

Item #: 39711
$159.99
Each In Stock

Overview

This solidly constructed bench plane from Stanley features an iron made from 1/8"steel for prolonged edge retention superior to most other planes, base and frog castas a single piece to virtually eliminate chatter and make planing more effective andenjoyable, Norris type adjuster with lateral lock for cut accuracy, precision groundcasting for flatness and cherry handle and knob for control and comfort. Throat plateand mouth are also adjustable for different types of wood. Base is 2-1/2" W x 10" L. Hone the iron before useto achieve exceptionally fine shavings.

Technical Details:

  • Finely machined solid brass adjustment hardware
  • Plane iron is honed to an angle of 25° and is micro-adjustable to 30°
  • Cherry handle and knob
  • Plane is 11" overall in length
  • Iron is made from 1/8" steel
  • Base and frog cast as a single piece
  • Norris type adjuster with lateral lock
  • Throat plate and mouth are adjustable
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Tech Spec

Brand Stanley
Manufacturer Part Number 12-136
Weight (lbs) 5.8900
Type Smoothing Plane

What's included:

(1) Stanley Sweetheart Bench Plane

Reviews

Customer Reviews

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In response to Mr. Van Sant's...

David T from Cypress, CA Posted March 8, 2013
In response to Mr. Van Sant's comment: "I rate this plane as only good because the adjusting mechanism for the iron is very sloppy and it is impossible to make minute adjustments so the plane will operate properly. The looking screw itself causes the iron to shift to one side when tightened." The adjuster is a Norris style, so swinging the knob from side to side makes your lateral {side to side} adjustment to the blade. It's easy to accidentally bump the knob, so there's a locking knob underneath to lock down the lateral adjustment while still allowing depth adjustments. The tightening screw {the knurled jack screw} on the cap iron will place sideways pressure on the blade if the cap iron screw {the slotted screw} is not adjusted quite right. The tightening screw should be at right angles to the blade when it gets snug, or else the rounded foot will contact near its edge rather than at the center of the knob's rotation axis. Try adjusting the cap iron screw so the cap iron sits with the tightening knob in the correct alignment when it gets tight, and I'll bet that solves your movement problem. With all of that said, I really do prefer this screw type of cap iron to the cam style used on the Bailey series planes: once the thing is adjusted for proper alignment, you can easily tighten the blade to lock it down, or loosen it for easier adjustments. Hope this helps! - DT

I bought this plane yesterday from...

Guest from Sammamish, Washington Posted January 1, 2012
I bought this plane yesterday from the Rockler store in Tukwila. I was expecting to need to fine tune it extensively as I've had to do with past plane purchases. I was completely impressed with this planes "out of box" performance. The iron was already sharp and the sole was flat. With a few minutes of tinkering, I was planing perfect curls.

I'll confess; I'm a tool snob...

Guest from Cypress, CA Posted February 22, 2010
I'll confess; I'm a tool snob and a hand tool nut. I have a small collection of old Stanley planes ranging from the 1840s to the 1950s, including some of the original Sweetheart models, and more than a few Lie-Nielsen planes as well. I got the chance to really play with one of these new Sweetheart planes and, true to its heritage, it is a solid-built plane, though not as finely crafted as the old Stanley Bedrock series or the newer Lie-Nielsen planes. The #4 is based on a heavy casting (that's good) with a Norris-style adjustment, where the adjuster knob is also the lateral adjustment to the blade. I noticed immediately that the handle is bigger than the old ones, and all four fingers actually fit on this handle (another good point). The blade is a beefy slab of A-2 tool steel that so far outperforms the usual steel blades that I can easily tell the difference when blindfolded. Overall, a good plane for the money - not as good as some, but a lot better price, too!{|:-) DT

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