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.
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