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Hand Tools #1: My Stanley - Bailey No. 4 restoration

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Blog entry by Jerry posted 231 days ago 831 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My very first woodworking hand tool was this Stanley – Bailey No. 4. I bought it from Craigslist for $10.00.

It’s about 50 years old, I bought it from the 45 year old son of the man who had passed on and left it to him. He was not a woodworker.

I subsequently bought all 6 of his Henry Disston saws for $30.00 which I will showcase in a future blog entry.

The first picture shows the condition of the plane when I bought it. The subsequent pics show the restored plane from a few different angles.

The 7th and 8th pics show the most recent upgrade, a Rob Cosman – IBC blade and chipbreaker set. I had to file the mouth out to accommodate these.

The last pic shows the results after fine tuning the entire plane, including flattening the sole on a granite reference slab, filing and flattening all the internals ( frog mating surfaces, etc. ) and sharpening with graduated 3M optical lapping papers starting at 8,000 grit and finishing with 50,000 grit. The shaving is .0005.

Just goes to show you don’t have to spend $450.00 on plane to get good results.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.



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stefang

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#1 posted 231 days ago

Excellent restoration! You really got lucky with the handsaws too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 231 days ago

Looks great, is the tote new?

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Jerry

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#3 posted 231 days ago

Thanks Stefang. I did get lucky with the saws. Wait until you see them!!

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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Jerry

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#4 posted 231 days ago

Shane, all parts are original, I sandblasted everything including the wood parts. I should point out that the reason the tote looks so different from the original picture is that the sandblasting process pitted the surface, so I used wood filler to smooth things back out before applying the finish, that’s why it looks so tiger stripey.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 231 days ago

You’ve really done a great job at bringing new life to that old plane.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Jerry

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#6 posted 231 days ago

Thanks Woodbridge. I know our Canadian neighbors to be amazing woodworkers, so the compliment has gravitas for me.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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