Often a pattern maker would borrow a tool in order to make a
copy of it. The original tool is used as a pattern! (The
original is a copy of a pattern after all.)
Typically the copy is made of brass, bronze or aluminum.
Occassionally a copy of a manufactured tool will be found in a
metal the manufacturer never used! They are most likely not
rare Stanley prototypes.
I demonstrated the process of copying a Stanley 71 at
I repeated the demo at
This time the demo
included actually pouring molten metal (though the mold did not coupletly fill).
Examples of recast tools:
Aluminum copy- on the third
attempt the mold filled! I should have used brass.
The demo this time was for a casting class at
Partial success in personally recasting a Stanley 71 1/2
A recast Stanley 95.
I borrowed a lever cap from a 95 to use as a pattern.
Thanks Wayne! The casting on the left didn't come out quite
right. The mold didn't fill entirely resulting in the rounded
corners. The second attempt on the right came out properly.
type 2 Stanley 45 in bronze! On the fence the knobs which tighten down
the rods have different threads and thus are not interchangeable!
from the upper left corner: A small core box plane, recast Stanley 71
router plane (bronze), two small planes, a recast Sargent router plane
Brass or bronze recast 71 1/2 I
plane with cast depth stop.
The stop is a copy of an original from an antique fillister plane