I picked up a old hand plane at a flea market / antique store yesterday. It’s a Stanley No. 4 1/2 plane. No, it’s not a broken No. 5. The No. 4 1/2 is a wider version of the more frequently seen No. 4 smoothing plane. I’m not sure if the concept for the No. 4 1/2 was an answer in search of a problem but I I didn’t have one. Now I do. I haven’t rehabbed it yet but will sometime soon. I’m not 100% sure what type it is and believe it may be a mix of a type 16 and 17. It has a plastic adjustment knob which puts it in the WW2 era. Here’s a couple pics of it.
Here’s a picture of it next to the regular No. 4. As you can see, it is a little bit wider.
Stay tuned for post on cleaning it up sometime in the future!