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f you have read the brief history of Woden Tools or any of the sections on patterns of Woden planes, you will have noted the switch of production from Wednesbury to Sheffield after the Record takeover of Woden Tools Ltd., in 1961.Re-capping, the original Woden (WW) period is from early 1954 until April 1961, at Wednesbury, and the Record Woden (RW) period is from April 1961 until the end of production, around mid 1965, at Sheffield.
WW lever caps appear to be consistent throughout production, apart from a batch of both sizes with rounded lower edges, made between about mid 1954 to1957.
Start by reading Patrick Leach's comments on Stanley plane dating. If you thirst for heaps of data on plane dating, visit the Plane Type Study or the Plane Feature Timeline. This page leads you down a hypertext flowchart to determine your plane type.
It includes links to Patrick Leach's original Plane Type Study and the Plane Feature Timeline.
Providing the plane inside the box is housed in its original setting then the box can be used to help date the plane: Type of Box: A Record wooden box with a sliding lid.
Date: 1930's - 1940's Type of Box: A Record blue cardboard box.