Restoring a Number 7 Bailey Jointer Plane #4: Before and After pictures, and some shavings

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Blog entry by MrFid posted 08-10-2013 03:30 AM 3167 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back again!

It’s been a little while since I posted on this thread about restoring a Stanley Bailey No 7 jointer. I had basically finished the plane last episode, but I hadn’t gotten around to taking pictures (too busy jointing wood, I guess!).

Before I post pictures of the final product, I should say that the tote is still broken. I tossed around the idea of making my own, to the point even where I downloaded specs that would have allowed me to do it. However, here’s the thing. I could spend a couple days worth of shop time making a tote that is probably serviceable, but likely not particularly comfortable, build a couple jigs I probably won’t use more than once, and call it done. I don’t, by the way, own a bandsaw, so doing it on a jigsaw would have been my option. I checked ebay and saw nothing enlightening. A couple of them are on there, but nothing particularly good-looking or particularly cheap. Then, while reading up a bit more, I came across Bill Rittner’s name. Bill keeps a blog that I found to be an interesting read. He also makes plane totes and knobs that are BEAUTIFUL and raved about by some high company (Schwartz, etc). He is currently charging $45 for a tote and knob set made from your choice of cherry or walnut (charges more for rarer woods). I emailed Bill about getting a set, and he got back to me and said it would be a 5 week wait. Happy to do it, Bill. For your product at that price I’d wait a year (please don’t make me, if you read this!)

So, I am posting my not quite finished plane, but once I attach Mr. Rittner’s knob and tote, she’ll be done.

So without further ado, here we go. To refresh:



-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 02:13 PM

What I thought was a piece of scrap metal, you made into a plane, well done.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 02:18 PM

From crusty to lusty. Aww yea!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 08-11-2013 06:24 AM

Nice save

-- Vince

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 09:39 PM

Wonderful job

-- Norman

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 12:16 AM

So, basically about $60.00 (including PB and rattle-can paint), plus the cost of a whole lotta elbow grease, and you get a pristine No. 7 jointer. Very, nice looking restore. Wish I could take it for a test drive.

BTW, has eBay basically turned into a den of thieves, or is it just the people who’ve been selling No. 7’s for the last couple of weeks?

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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