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Project by mjlauro posted 02-08-2008 04:07 PM 2470 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a flea market find. Paid 10 bucks for it. I wish I took a before photo for reference purposes. This plane was in bad shape, but with a little bit of work she is now back in business. Works wonderfully and looks a lot better!! I don’t think she is a collectible so all you purists don’t have to worry(if it is, OOPS). A good user for when I don’t want to reach for my LN.

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 04:35 PM

nice job

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 04:42 PM

yah… gotta remember those before pictures!!
haha someone might be gritting their teeth right now as they stare at a collector’s treasure :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 04:51 PM

Nice find. I bet Tomcat will enjoy seeing this post. I agree with Debbie about the before pictures. I really like the tote and the knob. Did you refinish these as well?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 04:56 PM

Actually Scott, I do enjoy these posts a great deal! :)

Apparently, I’ve got a reputation for being an old tool guy or something! Have you had a chance to work out what type it is yet? If not, let me know. When I get home, I can PM you a website that’ll help you work it out.

Great job by the way! It looks brand new!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 02-08-2008 05:16 PM

Its just a Bailey no 4. For what I understand these are not rare at all.
Scott, yes I did. I sanded them down to bare wood then put a cherry stain on them. After that is a combination of linseed and many many coats of poly.

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#6 posted 02-08-2008 05:54 PM

Looks great, doesn’t matter what the name is or any of that fashionable non-since. If it works good then it’s a good plane. Nice job.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#7 posted 02-08-2008 06:32 PM

You did a great job here! Try “Googling” the name and model number…I did with my Sargent 714 and found a dealer who was selling the same for $239.00! It’s not what mine’s worth but it does give me a ballpark figure, and definately makes it a keeper!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#8 posted 02-08-2008 08:26 PM

Great restoration. Glad to hear it is a user.

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#9 posted 02-08-2008 08:59 PM

$10 well spent! Great restoration.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 02-09-2008 03:06 AM

Great Find,I wish i was LUCKY

-- Robert,

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#11 posted 02-09-2008 04:34 AM

Nice restoration.


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#12 posted 02-09-2008 06:38 PM

Nice save!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 11-05-2009 03:19 PM

There probably isn’t one #4 in 10,000 that’s a collectible plane. Some guy who died 50 years ago is smiling somewhere because you are putting this to work!

-- Tony

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#14 posted 11-05-2009 04:10 PM

Have you sharpened it and tried it out? Was wondering how it compared to your LN.

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

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#15 posted 11-05-2009 04:33 PM

Wayne, nothing compares to LN in my opinion, but yes It is sharp and makes nice shavings..

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