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Blog entry by naomi weiss posted 08-09-2009 11:34 PM 1198 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Still haven’t learnt how to do this right. Here is the link to the original post.
<div>CIMG0349</div><div>This #5 Stanley Bailey Jack plane managed to make it from 1918 until 2009. It had countless users before it was shipped from Connecticut to Cleveland and made the trans-Atlantic journey to Israel a few years ago. Ironically, i had been thinking, ‘i should really figure out a storage solution for these planes instead of having them lay about.’ Really?! It doesn’t even matter what i was reaching for, does it? The bottom line is that i think i have more junk in the trunk than i realised and my ba-donka-donk knocked the poor plane over. I didn’t expect to see the thing properly broken in half! Neither did Walt, who sold me my beloved #5—my first plane (my new Stanley block plane doesn’t count), and who was the first one i told.Sorry if i was bit hysterical, Walt. These pics are for you! Got Verdomme!Of course, Walt was my saviour and found me a #5 from 1908, as well as a #7! For those of you who don’t know Walt, click here. He finds the best stuff and he doesn’t mind Newbies barraging him with questions (if he does, he is very polite and helpful). </div><div>Anyway, lesson learnt. I guess. Damn! If only i had used that stupid Organising From the Inside Out book! But i can’t find it…</div>

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#1 posted 08-09-2009 11:52 PM

I would be miserable if it was a new plane that happened to work well, but breaking one that old…I’m sure you felt terrible. Sorry to hear about it.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 08-09-2009 11:59 PM

Bummer. The plane made it from 1918 until 2009, eh? I have been around that long and I’m a bit brittle myself, though I am surprised to see it broken. Not being a physics guy I can’t be sure, but I’d bet that you couldn’t do that if you tried. Chalk it up to a freak of nature.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 08-10-2009 12:04 AM


I guess you didn’t break it by pushing too hard on some extra tough wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 12:46 AM

I’m thinking the old Bailey and Stanley planes are brittle and it is common for them to end there life jumping from work benches.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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John Ormsby

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#5 posted 08-10-2009 03:43 AM

The Lie Nielsen Bronze planes are virtually unbreakable. They are a bit more money but one does not need to worry if they accidentally hit a hard floor. Your plane is not the first one to break. Still, it hurts to see a good tool break.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#6 posted 08-10-2009 04:42 AM

I loaned my bedrock jointer plane to a friend and the same thing happened. He was more upset than I was and promptly went out and replaced it with a Stanley Bailey #8. I still have the bedrock and keep it in the shop for a paperweight. Sorry for your loss, salvage what parts you can and scrap the rest.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#7 posted 08-10-2009 04:44 AM

Ouch poor plane

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 08-10-2009 04:51 AM

that’s a plane shame. i guess checking the warranty is out of the question. however, the part are still good, you just need an old body off fleabay to restore.

in other news Timbo said ….it is common for them to end there life jumping from work benches.

Howls, LOL

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#9 posted 08-10-2009 06:49 AM

naomi weiss,
I am so saddened to learn of your loss. While everyone has a different way of lamenting. I find yours to be hystericaly funny. I do hope that is what you intended with this most informative blog. I’d like to TY for the link to Ole Walts’ site. I do hope that your newer Stanley plane will suffice until you can find a replacement for the broken one.
Please tell me something concerning the origin of the word “Learnt”. While I am still learning to use all the proper wood working terminology, vernacular and jargon I’m suspicious of this word! I am just wondering if it would behoove me to familiarize myself with colloquial english or just accept the fact that- we Ole Southern Boys aint too far afield with our use of the language after all!
I do assume that you’ll conduct last rites in the proper way for that poor plane.
Please keep us posted as to any future catastrophic events encountered along your way. I do hope that you can see the humor intended here.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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naomi weiss

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#10 posted 08-10-2009 06:53 AM

I love LJ! Thanks for all the comments! When i tried to get sympathy from my friends by dramatically producing the front knob of the plane that just read ‘Bailey’, i got some pretty blank looks. They don’t understand us! Thanks for being a great support system, everybody!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#11 posted 08-17-2009 08:20 PM

I was really saddened by your tale, but clicking on your link to ba-donka-donk brought a smile to my face. That’s a new one to me!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#12 posted 08-17-2009 08:30 PM

ouch, sorry to hear that it happened to a plane with such history. Chris Schwarz of popular woodworking did a metallogy test on older and newer planes, and indeed older planes use brittle metal that just breaks if gets hit hard enough.

RIP plane… RIP.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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