Hortense channelPosted on 2020 February
For a short time in the early s Stanley inexplicitly overpainted the black japanning on the frog sides with "Stanley Orange". As was the theory, corrugations were an attempt to reduce friction between the wood surface and the plane bottom. Prior to the early 's all bench, block and side rebate plane and the cutter iron wedge on the were listed a selected rosewood. Rosewood was used for the knob and tote.
Also, these chips are rather jagged so you may want to file them smooth lest they rip your hands to shreads during use. I remember being told as a kid, you cut off the head and the body dies. By the time this plane was available however almost every cabinet shop in the US of any size would have used powered machinery to do basic jointing and planing, and there wasn't really much of a call for long planes.