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Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane...restored

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 1599 days ago 7378 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Stanley Bailey No. 4 plane has been in our family since it was new, used first by my wife’s Grandfather then her father, both carpenters. I received this last year along with a No. 6 and a No. 8 in a box of old rusty tools. The patent dates are 1902 and 1910. Now it is new again, ready for another generation or two.

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





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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 1599 days ago

Wow! Excellent job. You should be very proud of it . It’s always more special when there is history behind it.

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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DaleM

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#2 posted 1599 days ago

Great restoration of a good user plane. Looks like you gave it enough new life to last easily a couple more generations. I got a few planes that had belonged to my wife’s father too, but none this old and I’m not sure where he got them, but I’m still glad to have them.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 1599 days ago

nice restore. the japaning on this one looks all intact. with it restored. it looks brand new (at least the way you photographed it ;) )

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

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WayneC

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#4 posted 1599 days ago

Great plane, it will serve you and future generations well.

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

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RexMcKinnon

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#5 posted 1599 days ago

turned out great

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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OhValleyWoodandWool

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#6 posted 1599 days ago

nice restoration and great history. makes a little more than just a hunk’o metal

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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kcrandy

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#7 posted 1599 days ago

Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. Can you give more details of the restoration. I have an old plane I’d like to get back to top condition.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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Tim Dahn

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#8 posted 1599 days ago

Thanks everyone, glad to share. It did turn out to be a nice user plane.

Sharon; not much japaning was left and I didn’t remove any, just added a really heavy coat of black rustoleum and 30 minute ride @250F in the old toaster oven out in the garage to bake it on.

kcrandy; Here is a good blog on the subject; http://lumberjocks.com/David/blog/2191

I de-rusted all the parts in citric acid.

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

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ChesapeakeBob

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#9 posted 1599 days ago

Tim,

I am not sure why, but there is special place in my heart for planes. Yours is a great one! It will become a Family heirloom for sure!

My hat is off to you!

CB

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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Tim Dahn

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#10 posted 1599 days ago

CB; I believe you are showing early symptoms of Galoots disease, no cure and we all get it :)

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

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bigike

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#11 posted 1599 days ago

if the other ones are in the same shape u should do a tuturial on them here on LJ about restoring them? this one came out real nice id love to know the process u went through to get it that way plus it helps me for when i start looking for a #8 stanley thats the last one i need to finnish my set but i always try to get new planes or very close to it as u can see from my avatar up in the corner of the message. blog blog blog away????

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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TheDane

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#12 posted 1599 days ago

Timbo—Nice work. Restoring an old tool like this gives you a real sense of pride, doesn’t it? I would bet that you’ll find, as I did, these vintage planes are a real pleasure to use.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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davidroberts

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#13 posted 1599 days ago

Nice restor. I bought an old #5 for pennies and thought I had made out like a bandit until I noticed someone has replaced the original handle with one that did not fit exactly. The screw holes do not line up and the tote is held (tightly) by one screw. The missing screw will cost more than I paid for the plane. Oh well.

-- God is Great, Wood is Good. nuff said.

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 1599 days ago

Hey Tim
A great job on a family tool.

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Roz

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#15 posted 1599 days ago

Great job! It looks like new!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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