I’ve been reading all you guys extolling the virtues of old Stanley Bailey planes for awhile now.
Hey, I’ve got a 20 inch spiral head planer and a little 6-inch (power) jointer. I thought I didn’t need any of that grampa’s old iron.
But, one day, something snapped.
Two weeks later, here’s where I am. The photos here are straight from ebay. I’ve given them all a basic cleaning since them, but have taken no new photos (no 3 is not here yet). My goal was to get usable tools, not become a collector. All of them have cleaned up nicely and look to be perfectly usable. All have throat adjustment.
Type identifications are my best understanding from reading online version of type study. I may change my guess on some of these after further study.
I’m out $270, including shipping for the entire set, number 3, 4, 5 1/4, 5, 6, 7, plus a couple extra number 5s.
[edit, now $335, since I bought another no 7, sigh]
After a little more cleaning, the next task is sharpening. Maybe eventually, I’ll refinish some of the wood or paint the castings, but not any time soon.
I think I’m about done now. Every time a box appears on the porch, my wife knows I’m going to disappear for awhile to clean up the new toy. She’s great – very tolerant, but 7 months pregnant with twins and kinda wants me to do some other things right now. LOL.
But… I don’t have a 4 1/2 nor a 5 1/2….
So what do you think? How did I do?
-Paul (EvapoRust is my friend)
No 3C, type 18. (Thought it was a type 16, but diagonal knerling on adjuster makes it a type 18)
No 4, type 16.
No 5 1/4, type 16 – hole in heel. Name scribed all over it, but nice after cleanup.
No 5C, type 11 – broken casting, wrong tote, but WORKS GREAT! (Was thrown in free with another plane)
No 5, type 16. Pretty nice. (Thought it was type 18, but straight knerling on the adjuster make it a 16).
No 5, type 12. Lots of pitting on iron and chipbreaker. Horn of rosewood tote broken. Crack in knob. Ignore the other plane in the first photo. It’s a Fulton that came as a two-fer on that deal. I don’t count it.
No 6C, type 15 – very nice rosewood! Best wood of planes that I have recieved. Insignificant chip in the trailing edge of the mouth. Also front edge of frog is chipped.
No 7C, type 18, lousy painted handles but solid. Except for some loss of japaning, plane itself is nearly perfect after derust. (I have sanded the beech wood and stained since arrival).