My wife, son, and I attended the almost weekly family dinner at my parents' house tonight. With Father's Day approaching, I slipped down to the basement after dinner, to see if I could get any ideas for my Dad. While I was looking around I spotted something unique. It was a Stanley No.11 Plane. I haven't seen a plane like this before. I jumped online and after a quick google search, I came up with this link and picture.
Apparently it is a belt maker's plane. I didn't want to ask my Dad about it yet. I'll wait until after Father's Day. If those dates are correct, someone must have given it to my Dad, as he wasn't born until several years after 43. Many years ago, I know that he did do some leather work, so maybe he used this plane for that.Stanley 11 belt maker's plane
offered 1869- 1943
5 3/4" long with a 2 3/8" cutter.
One of the few Stanley planes not intended for woodworkers. This tool was designed to plane leather transmission belts used in early machinery. This is a single iron plane like the No 9. The adjuster works with a small cap iron used in low angle planes. Maple handles are the most common though every now and then the odd one shows up with rosewood or beech handles. The handles from the 12 models are not a good replacement because the slots for the screws are a different width.
I wonder if it could be used on wood, or if it is strictly for use on leather.