Stanley-Bailey no. 6 resto

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Project by Michael posted 07-23-2010 03:28 AM 2323 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Alright so a few of you may remember me asking what the rake angle on a Stanley no. 6 should be in the forums section a few days ago, and first off thanks for your replies.

I went to an estate sale here in Southern WV a few weekends ago and noticed a lot of older woodworking tools, however they were all horribly priced. For example there were several 8” Jorgensen c clamps there with price tags of $25, you gotta be kidding me? Then I noticed this hand plane which was severely rusted at the time laying on a shelf with a sticker for $75. I knew no one in their right mind would pay that much for one of these with the ebay age and all. They were accepting bids on all items so I placed one for $25 and two days later got a call to come pick it up. After several coats of paint stripper i got the sole cleaned up and other parts using a die grinder with a brass brush. Then came the tote which was cracked in two pieces. Luckily my grandfather had an old wards no. 8 which I made a pattern of the tote off of. Now I usually don’t get out of shape on too many things with woodworking but this one irked me…. First I attempted to make one from cherry (closest thing to rosewood in this part of the world) it blew apart while i was shaping it, next I tried one from walnut, also blew apart. So I decided to face glue some hard maple to a 3/8” layer of walnut and BINgo! got it. As you can see it works well, I made a jig to sharpen the iron and follow the method of scary sharpening

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 05:07 AM

doesn´t look bad from here
but the tote looks little too sharp on the corners for me
it would give me blisters 2 minuts after I begin to use it ….......LOL

thank´s for sharing , hope it will serve you well in many years


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#2 posted 07-23-2010 05:55 AM

The laminated tote is a great idea. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 07-23-2010 06:25 AM

How come you didn’t do a matching foreknob? Woulda looked wicked!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 07-23-2010 06:58 AM

Hello, Michael,

That looks like a very well tuned No 6. Those blond curls look great. Welcome to the hand plane brotherhood.

Hmmmmm, I have a No 6 that I use quite often. It’s a little more beat up than yours. From the research I have done it appears to be a Type 9 No 6C made in 1902. The 6 is not the most popular Stanley, but mine does a handy job of touch up edge joinery on 18” to 30” boards. I also use it for the initial flattening of twisted stock prior to running thru the big planer. I think $25 is a great buy on that plane in that condition.

There are sites on the net where you can purchase original Stanley parts if needed.

If your at all interested in older Bailey/Stanley planes, you should peruse Rex Mill’s site here and Patrick Leach’s here
Both are awesome sites full of detail.


-- vicrider

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 12:10 PM

Fine job, this will probaly be your favorite plane, since you put a fair ammount oif love and energy into it.
And welcome to the club, nothing better than a sharp plane, the smell of fresh wood – ZEN.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 07-23-2010 01:49 PM

Nice restoration. I think the older planes, like the one you’ve got, are better than new. Maybe only the new, thicker plane irons can improve them. I got in the habit of laying my plane on its side, never with the cutting edge down on the bench. I was taught that way, but most people don’t bother.

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#7 posted 07-23-2010 03:53 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys, I’ve already used this thing a good bit for only being done for about 3 days. Especially thanks to vicrider and dyno360 for their advice.

Oh the only reason I didnt make a matching knob yet is that I dont have a lathe here at my house. I’ll have to do some traveling to use a relatives. I’ll think about it :).

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#8 posted 07-23-2010 08:34 PM

if you have a drillpress
you have a lathe for smaller things

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#9 posted 07-26-2010 03:52 AM

Unfortionatly Dunnis, I have no drillpress. But its in the plans for the future. Along with an 18” drum sander, lathe, jointer, scroll saw, standing belt sander, shaper…. yeah thats about it. :)

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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