Restored Bailey hand plane #6

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Project by Jorge Velez posted 08-14-2011 06:28 AM 4828 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this Stanley Bailey #6 hand plane from my Wife’s father, less than 2 months ago. It belongs to my Wife’s grandfhater, he past away about 50 years ago, and it was abandoned for that many years, my father in-law found it and brought his home about 30 years ago, but he is not a woodworker so the tool was just left aside collecting even more rust and dust, paint.

You can tell by the pictures that it was all rusty, spots of paint, and concrete on it, so I decided to restored the best I could. I spend 3 wks working on it. Every day after work, I was working on it, it required lots of elbow grease and lots of sand paper, but initially I dumped on rust removal formula about 3-4 times, since it was really rusty. even the soul was very damaged by the rust after I removed with this chemical, there was practically holes on all metal parts… :-(

I started with 80 grit sand paper, however I was not getting much done, I turn to 50grit sand paper and work my way up, till I got it flat on all faces. I painted again the top, and restored the handles, as a finish I used Shellac. It looks better than new today.

I’m not sure about the age of this Stanley hand plane, but I estimate that should be around 80-90 years old. One of the pictures with my new Lie-Nielsen low angle, very fine plane. My expectation is to keep it in the best condition as long as I have it with me.

let me know if you guys have a way to estimate the age more accurate.

thks for watching!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Don W

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#1 posted 08-14-2011 06:38 AM

really really nice job. Be careful thought. Once you get started it becomes addicting. Next you need the 5, then the 4, then the 8… get the idea.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 08-14-2011 06:48 AM

Very nice job!! I have collected a few Stanely/Bailey planes latey to restore and display. Here is a link to a site that I have found to be very valuable in determining which planes I have. Once again, Good Job! RG

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#3 posted 08-14-2011 07:51 AM

What a transformation!

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#4 posted 08-14-2011 07:57 AM

Beautiful job on the restoration. I’m working on a few myself (Types 4, 5, 7) which I picked up from an estate sale.

It looks like a type 16 to me, which were made from 1933-1941.

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 01:29 PM

That’s as good a restoration as I’ve ever seen. Glad I saw it before I posted my restored #3—which I won’t now because you set the bar so high! Funning.
On a serious note, why not just drive all the way to the goal and replace that tote—you earned it.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 01:58 PM

Wow, you did great restoring that thing. Look new in the pictures.

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#7 posted 08-14-2011 02:44 PM

Very well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 08-14-2011 07:10 PM

Jaw dropping job. I keep looking at the comparison between the LN and the Stanley, I would take the Stanley any day.

Thanks for keeping a good tool up and running.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#9 posted 08-14-2011 08:02 PM

fantastic job you have done … its looks better than new :-)
even my doughter droped the jaw …. and she don´t know anything about tools
but she can reconice a good job

thank´s for sharing


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#10 posted 08-14-2011 11:12 PM

Thanks for giving me some hope …I’m working on a couple of abandoned rust buckets myself.
You did a fine job on this one : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 08-15-2011 04:33 AM

I had to come back for anothjer look. I think your #6 looks better than the LN. I’m not crazy about the finish on the LN handles.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 08-15-2011 08:39 AM

Nice #6 Bailey. Looks like you put a whole lot of elbow grease into it. Over a year ago I bought a #6 Bailey from the estate sale of a local well known and hated by many spud buyer. But he was one that my dad got along with just fine. I cleaned it up and sharped the blade and it now works pretty good though I need to do more on my sharpening skills. Then this winter I found a #5 Bailey at another Estate sale. Haven’t worked it yet though. The throat shows some erosion so I do not expect it to very good.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#13 posted 08-15-2011 07:31 PM

Great Job! I have restored a couple of planes in the past but, you done a much better job!

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#14 posted 08-15-2011 07:32 PM

Really good looking. He’s giving that LN 62 a run for his money.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 08-15-2011 10:33 PM

Jorge, Very nice job on this restoration. I’ve restored a few hand planes and I really hate dealing with the rust. I don’t use chemical rust removers any more, they’re messy and like you said, it can take many applications to get all the rust. Instead, I’ve gone to an electrolysis process to get the rust off. Just make up a solution of baking soda and water, hook up a battery charger to the plane using the black lead, and the red lead gets hooked up to a piece of steel or zinc. Both go in the solution but make sure they don’t touch each other. Let the charger cook on either 5 or 10 amp setting. the 2 amp trickle charge setting will take forever to clean it up.

The nice thing about this is that the rust is removed without scratching the metal, it just falls off. And when the rust is all off, the process just stops, there’s no way to over do this process. This is also a really good way to get old japanning off too. The electrolysis makes it brittle and just needs a quick wire brushing to get it off.


- Wayne

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

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