Handplane Restoration #7: Stanley Bailey #3 Type 10 before

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 04-02-2007 02:07 AM 7927 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Stanley Bailey #3 Handplane

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

Side view

Side View

Note the oily wood shavings

Note the wood shavings under where the frog is

Fully Apart

Completely apart

I’ll post the after pictures once I get’er done.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 04-02-2007 02:36 AM

I have a #3 that seems to be a type 10 or 11. Has ids of both. Was told Stanley finished out runs sometimes with parts on hand. Or could be a mixed part plane, someone else did. Not sure.
But am sure it’s in great shape and well worth the time it will take to re-hab it.
So glad to see a knuckle dragger here…lol
Love your posts and will use the info for sure.

-- Jimmy

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#2 posted 04-02-2007 04:36 AM

Thanks Jimmy. This one is similar, It has a blade found on the type 9 plane. Some references indicate the screw to position the frog was added in type 9 and some in type 10. I belive the use of parts was common.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 04-02-2007 04:59 AM

Something to always keep in mind – Stanley never really kept track of production numbers. If they had the parts from an older run lying around, they’d probably just use them.

For anyone just starting out w/refurbishing a hand plane, the patent date doesn’t necessarily tell you how old it is; it tells you how old it isn’t. (The plane can’t be older than the patent date, but it could very easily have been made several years after the patent date.)

-- Ethan,

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