Just some planes restored #20: Bailey Tool Co. #17 Restoration

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Blog entry by Don W posted 445 days ago 1396 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a sub-set of pictures posted on my blog

I bought my first Bailey Tool Co hand plane . I’ve been researching the Bailey plane with little success finding information outside of the Stanley part of the story.

Its a defiance #17. Made by Bailey Tool Co. which was owned by Selden A Bailey and William Bailey (no relation to Leonard Bailey). Located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

It’s 21” long, so I’d assume that’s like a #7.

So I don’t really plan to use this plane, but as most of you know, almost every plane in my collect “can” be used. Its tuned, sharpened and tested even if I plan to retire it as a collection piece.

What’s left of the iron on this old girl is pretty short. The previous user sharpened free hand and you can see the slight camber and the rounded bevel that’s much stepper than I normally sharpen. I seen no reason to remove it, so I just dressed it up on the oil stone.

The results where astounding.

Here is the very first swipe on a piece of red oak.

And subsequent swipes proved just as rewarding.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#1 posted 445 days ago

She look a niiice! I love the cap on that one Don.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 445 days ago

Sweet! I agree with Steff the cap is lovely.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 445 days ago

Don have you tried PTAMPIA for info on just Bailey? Vol. 1 had a 15+ page section on his history.

EDIT: Nope, that was L. Bailey. PTAMPIA II has a few pages of Bailey Tool Co. I don’t know if Vol. 1 has the company history.

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#4 posted 445 days ago

I just ordered PTAMPIA vol II. I’m looking for a copy of vol I.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 445 days ago

Always good to see these curiosities that you discover afield. Great to know it has a proper home. Well done Don.

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 445 days ago

Agreed on the lever cap. One of the better looking ones out there. I really like the appearance of this plane.

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#7 posted 445 days ago

A very lucky and beautiful specimen indeed!
Congrats, and nice work!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 445 days ago

She is a Sweetheart, No pun intended… count me on the the cool lever cap crew… very cool.. could not have found a better home…will make a fine addition to your collection.. thanks for sharing.. Papa
by the by, is that front knob one of yours or the original one?.. love the look of it.. bet its one of yours.. Papa


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Don W

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#9 posted 445 days ago

Papa, the front knob is the one that was on it when I got it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 445 days ago

Don I love to see the fascination you have for old planes and how you don’t just buy them and put them on a shelf. You research them, take them apart, learn how they work, compare and contrast, and sympathetically restore them to working condition with what can only be described as heartfelt passion. Then you take the time to write about it for the benefit of others. Your website is packed with great information and is one of the best resources for hand planes on the web. Here’s to you sir:

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#11 posted 444 days ago

Great restoration work Don. The lever cap rocks. Was the Bailey originally blue?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Don W

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#12 posted 444 days ago

Thanks Andy.

Mike, someone had sprayed blue right over the original japanning. Originally it was black as best as I can tell.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#13 posted 444 days ago

The paint on my new planes is brown. Not everyone would like that, but matter, I’m so old I can hardly see it anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 443 days ago

Very nice Don. I do love the logo on those planes.
Well done

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 440 days ago

now that is a sexy plane!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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