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04-01-2011 07:32 PM

Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane with unmarked lever cap? - 1 reply

I saw a Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane today with no markings on the lever cap. The plane has three patent dates on it, so it is evidently a Type 11 or 12. The lever cap lacks the large, bold “STANLEY” logo that I’ve seen on other Stanley Bailey planes. Were these Type 11s or 12s sold with unmarked lever caps, or was the origina...

03-31-2011 10:57 PM

Price differences of hand planes on eBay? - 14 replies

Why is is that two Stanley Bailey #4 hand planes—in the same condition, same vintage, and with nearly identical shipping charges—can be sold on eBay within a couple hours of each other, and one goes for $15 and the other for $32. Is there something I’m missing?

03-31-2011 03:52 AM

Original price of a Stanley Bailey jack plane? - 3 replies

How much would a Stanley Bailey jack plane (no. 5) have cost in the 1920s or 1930s (in actual dollars). Anybody know?

03-30-2011 02:49 AM

Difference in old Stanley Bailey hand planes made in USA and England? - 2 replies

Are there significant differences in the old Stanley Bailey hand planes that were made in the USA and those made in England? Also, did Stanley make Bailey planes in Australia, too?

03-29-2011 10:31 PM

Parts for Stanley Bailey No. 7C jointer plane - 3 replies


03-29-2011 09:20 PM

Which brands of old hand plane make good users? - 8 replies

Obviously, there is a consensus that the old Stanley Bailey hand planes were good tools. There are several other old brands (e.g., Millers Falls, Record) that look very similar to the Stanley Baileys (presumably there was some copying going on after the patents expired). If I’m buying an inexpensive, old user plane on eBay, which brands ...

03-29-2011 09:11 PM

Offering to sell items to people on LJ? - 7 replies

Is it ethical/permissible to sell old tool parts here on LumberJocks? I have some parts left over from an attempt to restore a rusty old jointer plane, and would like to sell them if possible. At least two forum members have offered to buy some of the parts from me, but I don’t know what LJ’s policy is.

03-25-2011 10:39 PM

Do bevel-up and -down planes work differently if the iron cutting-surface angles are the same? - 2 replies

Let’s say I have two planes, one bevel-down and one bevel-up. I also have a plane iron with a bevel angle of 25 degrees. Let’s assume that this plane iron could fit into either the bevel-down plane (at 45 degrees) or the bevel-up plane (at 20 degrees). In both cases, then, the angles of the the two surfaces that define the ironsR...

03-25-2011 07:00 PM

First blog entry: a jig to aid removing rust from hand planes - 0 replies

I just finished my first blog entry on LJ, discussing a simple jig to help remove rust from hand planes using a chemical solution like citric acid or Evapo-Rust: Let me know what you think of the idea.

03-24-2011 10:27 PM

Stanley Bailey, blue finish, not a Bailey? - 8 replies

I bought an moderately old Stanley plane that was in good condition except for a thin, bright red layer of rust. The rust came off easily with Evapo-Rust, and I’m starting to fettle the plane. I thought the plane was a Bailey type 20 (because the base is blue, not black), but now I’m not sure. Did all Bailey plans have “Bai...

03-24-2011 08:13 PM

Restoring old tools (except hand planes) as users? - 23 replies

I’ve become interested in restoring a few old Stanley hand planes as a cheaper alternative to buying some of the new, pricier hand planes. Are there other tools that can be purchased and restored as users, as a way to acquire good quality tools at a lower price than buying newl? What about hand saws, molding planes, braces, chisels, etc.?

03-24-2011 04:27 PM

Tighten loose tote on a plane - 1 reply

I purchased a Stanley No. 5 hand plane recently that is in very good condition. The only problem is that if I grab the tote and wiggle it, the rear of the base moves side to side about 1/16 of an inch. Maybe the long tote screw is just loose and a tightening with a screwdriver is all it needs (I can’t check until this evening), but in ca...

03-23-2011 09:16 PM

What do do with a Stanley Bailey No. 7C that is too far gone? - 21 replies

On a chance, I bought an old, rusty Stanley Bailey No. 7C jointer plane to try to fix it up. This was my first attempt at restoring a plane, and I didn’t realize just how badly deteriorated it was. While trying to take it apart, I discovered that some of the screws were badly rusted and others cannot even be removed. In addition, I stri...

03-23-2011 07:52 PM

Stanley plane, No. 4, Type 20 as a user? - 4 replies

I bought a Stanley No. 4 hand plane, type 20, at an antique mall recently (paid $11 for it). The metal and wood parts are all sound. Metal surfaces were covered in a thin, bright-red layer of rust, but the rust came off with Evapo-Rust. All of the original blue paint appears intact. Some questions: (1) Is this a good user plane, or are ...

03-10-2011 01:02 AM

No-name hand planes in antique malls - 2 replies

I’ve come across a lot of antique hand planes with no manufacturer’s information on them anywhere. Were they made by local, one-man shops or perhaps imported from somewhere? What’s the story behind these plane?

03-10-2011 12:22 AM

Plane irons: flat or curved - 2 replies

I’ve noticed that some plane irons are ground with a straight cutting edge and others with a very slight curvature. Also, some irons have their corners rounded and other do not. What are the reasons for these differences, and how would I decide which way to grind an iron for a particular plane or application?

03-09-2011 09:24 PM

Old Stanley plane with broken tote and broken side - 4 replies

I came across an old Stanley No. 5 hand plane with a couple obvious problems. The tote was cracked, but since the break was clean, it could probably be glued together. In addition, the “tall” part of one of the metal sides (the high, rounded tab nearest the plane iron) was broken about 1/3 off. Does this plane have any value as a ...

03-09-2011 09:14 PM

Rust on Hand Tools - 8 replies

I’ve started looking at hand planes at antique malls, and have noticed that the metal surfaces on some are covered with a “bright” rust and on others they look very dark, almost black. Does rust darken with age, or is there something else going on?

02-10-2011 12:31 AM

Using Douglas fir for router table fence? - 6 replies

I’m considering build a router table and fence, like the ones in these plans: Should I use hardwood for the fence, or is construction lumber (like Douglas fir) okay? If not, what about poplar or red oak? (I’m new to woodworking and I have a table saw and a drill pr...

02-09-2011 04:30 AM

Plywood or MDF warping when stored? - 8 replies

Will a sheet of plywood or MDF warp if I store it on edge for a few weeks or months?

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