Stanley claimed that "Every Carpenter needs two or more wood planes in his kit, for rough outside work" and that "wood planes push easier." Thus, these planes were offered as an alternative to the metallic planes.Furthermore, some guys preferred the feel of wood against wood, like that afforded by the old style wooden bench planes.But, they also understood the benefit of the patented adjustment features found on the metallic planes.Stanley made it possible for these guys to have their cake and eat it, too, by offering these planes.
When sold originally, they were at a price somewhat less than their iron counterparts making it possible for the average Joe Meatball of the day to afford a plane that came equipped with the Bailey patented features. Of course, the earliest versions of the planes, mainly the ones made by Leonard Bailey himself in Boston, are scarce and collectible.The thing is, I never liked the “canned” appearance of router bit profiles. Now with my hollows and rounds, I have an infinitely adjustable profile bit that allows me to create truly custom mouldings.Once you understand how to stick your own mouldings using hollows and rounds, you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to the profiles you create.I rarely used my router for edge treatments like mouldings when I had it despite the fact that I had a decent collection of edge profiles.The irony is that nowadays I actually employ more mouldings with even greater complexity in my projects using moulding planes than when I only had to pop a bit in the collet and run the board across the router table.