Plane restoration #4: Stanley/Bailey No 6 second plane part #2 of 3

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Blog entry by Alonso posted 01-07-2010 09:08 AM 21143 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey folks,

We did lot of progress on the latest restoration project for the second Baiiley No 6 that I got from Ebay, and I can almost call this a complete project, but I still need to find out how to resolve the issue with the broken horn on the tote, and if anybody else can help me with this question I post earlier, the blade is very very sharp but is not square (there may be a 1/16 gap on one of the corners) so if anyone else know how to resolve the issue I have on that post that will be great!!

Ok enough, let’s see some pictures,

I try to polish the Lever Cap as much as possible, since for an unknown reason the material used on these Lever Cap seems to be of a greater quality compared to the first No 6 I restored.

Here the cap iron also seems to be of higher quality than the previous one.

And now here it is, the fully restored Bailey No 6

1 coat of primer and 2 coats of glossy black paint

Fully restored and repaired knob using 5 minutes epoxy glue, as well for the Tote

Now both cracks on the Tote are hardly visible at all

The family just got a little bigger

Also can anyone explain me the differences between both N0 6’s. One of them has a patent date the other one don’t , the one without patent has “Made in USA” the one with the patent seems to be of a better quality than the other one, at least the material of the cap iron and lever iron, this one is also a SW, now which one is older?

I want to thanks my dad for helping me restoring all these planes, we both seem to enjoy doing that a lot !! Also he does a really nice job repairing the broken totes and knobs.

Please comment as I would like to keep improving my techniques

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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David White

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 10:42 AM

The one with the orange logo in the newer – they didn’t start using the kidney shaped hole in the lever cap until after 1930 or so.


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#2 posted 01-07-2010 12:53 PM

good job

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 06:12 PM

Very nice looking family you got there!
Question: the primer and paint definitely look good…have you ever considered re-jappaning instead of painting? Its a lengthier (and dirtier) process than painting but IMHO its nearly impervious to typical shop chemicals and seems tough as nails.

Thanks for bloggin! I find this most interesting.

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 07:00 PM


Re-japanning will be a good idea but since I have little-no experience at all on that subject, I will need to dig a little bit so that I can do it right

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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David Craig

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 07:56 PM

Great work Alonso. I discovered this site when I was looking up the date for some squares I found with the Stanley log – here. Since your work mostly has involved the restoration of Stanley built planes, it might help you put a date on some of them pre as well as post purchase. Based on the stamp, I would say the SW you have was built between 1922-1935.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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