David & Goliath, ... refurbishing #8 & #6 Stanley/Bailey "sweethearts"

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Project by aurora posted 08-29-2010 04:50 PM 3339 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

KARMA, ... damn good Karma.

after lusting for a big Stanley/Bailey for quite some time, i finally came to terms with the fact that i would have to make due with #6 craftsman. decent Baileys were out there, but about as affordable as a Lie-Nielsen, i just couldn’t part with that much cash and the uncertainty of getting an ebay tool. my high school english teacher from 40 years ago, knew of my passion for all things wood and gave me her fathers tools.

pic1 is the pair part way thru “refurbishment”, ... polished blades, holder, hardware, reassembled and did some planing.
pic2 is the completed refinished #6 on a salvaged timber from an old farmhouse.
pic3 is the completed refinished 1910 #8 jointer plane. weighing in at 10 lbs and 24 inches long
pic4 both planes have the sweetheart logo on their irons
pic5 is a view of the gorgeous original handle wood, after refinishing
pic6 is of the pre-refurbishment condition of the castings. solid, no cracks, needing a bit of TLC

cant wait to put them to work. wanting to see if my sweetheart is more than just a pretty face.

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 05:29 PM

well i wish my english teacher would give me tools…........

-- wood takes time and effort... just like women

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 05:59 PM

They look really nice. What did you use to refinish the japanning? I’m restoring an old 8C and I’m trying to decide whether to use an old japanning formula or a black epoxy or something else.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 06:54 PM

Beautiful tools, and a good restore, you are a lucky man.
Bring them hearts to life.

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

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 08:12 PM

Nice additions to anyone’s tool collection.

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 08:28 PM

can it bee better than that :—)
congrat´s with theese niice planes
it seams to me that they have been taken good care of over the years
I´ll bett they will bee a dream to use

thank´s for sharing now I only have to switch of the green light over my head , proppely take a few days


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#6 posted 08-29-2010 09:28 PM

Sweethearts indeed! That #8 is causing a green glow here….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 08-29-2010 11:20 PM

Not only have you gotten yourself some very nice tools there, but you now have a very effective form of excercise. That No. 8 will help you to work up a sweat in a hurry. Well done on the restoration. Those are truly tools made for GENERATIONS. Well done. Use them well and then pass them along to someone else someday so they can be put to use for yet another generation.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 08-29-2010 11:42 PM

Very nice. I just picked up a #8c from ebay and have a bit of work to do on it.

-- Jerry L.

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#9 posted 08-30-2010 03:23 AM

thanks for the comments fellow lumberjocks.

araldite: the japaning coating on my planes needed some attention, so i stripped them with a wire brush, phosphate coated them with a product called “rust mort”, then painted them with an enamel base paint using an airbrush. baked the coating in the oven at 170 degrees F for a few hours to harden it up.

dennis: yes, it was obvious that the owner took quite good care of his tools. aside from cosmetic aging, these planes both cut wood shavings nicely when i got them. no nicks, dings or cracks, handles in good shape aside from their finish, frog and all hardware perfectly functional as i got them, read to go to work.

div: i too lusted after a big plane for quite some time, ... essentially giving up on the idea, then have them
given to me.

doc: i will try to use them, take good care of them, and yes, ... pass them on one day as well. isn’t that how good karma is supposed to work?

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#10 posted 08-30-2010 03:32 AM

You must have been a way better student than I was…. Great Job.

-- Warning: Retard with sharp tools

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#11 posted 08-31-2010 04:54 AM

Joint the bottom and replace the irons w/Lie-Nielsens or Hocks. Tune ‘em proper, keep ‘em sharp and they’ll sing for you.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#12 posted 08-31-2010 11:20 PM


not quite sure what you mean by “joint the bottom” ????

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#13 posted 10-15-2010 06:17 AM

That is awesome in so many ways…...

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#14 posted 10-22-2010 12:59 AM


I think jcees means to flatten the sole. When I did my Stanley No. 8, I got a piece of granite counter top that’s flat and polished on top, about 6”x30”. I cut open two 40 grit sanding belts and spray glued them down on the granite and then ran the sole over it until it’s flat. It’s most important that the area in front of the mouth, the area just behind the mouth, and one other area towards the back of the sole are all flat in relation to each other, these are the important contact points to the wood. The area around the mouth being dead flat is important to prevent tearout.

By the way, nice job!


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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