This is a Stanley Bailey #3 Type 10 Bench Plane that I picked up a few weeks back at a local antique street sale. It was better than the one that I had set aside to restore. (I’ll save the other one for Obi if he wants it) The purchase price for this plane was $20.
The first step in the restoration process is to determine the type of the plane and condition of the plane. To do this I looked up the plane using the stanley bench plane dating page. using information from the plane.
- Blade is marked with a patent date of April 19 ‘92 – Approprate for the plane
- Lateral Adustement is is marked Stanley
- Body of Plane as 2 patent dates March 25 ‘02
This places the age of the plane to approximately 1907. Right at 100 years old.
Next to inspect the general condition of the plane.
- The japanning appears to be fully intact
- Both handles are cracked (The rear may be a replacement and had 2 modern washers used to keep it tight)
- The mouth is in good condition
- No cracks anywhere
- Rust and surface grime everywhere
- Oily Sawdust under frog
- The blade has been sharpened with a slight camber. Plenty of blade remaining.
Below are more pictures
Note the oily wood shavings
I’ll post the after pictures once I get’er done.
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