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08-03-2015 10:29 PM

Hi everyone, I was planing up some long stock and found it quite hard going, then remembered I’d inherited an old plane that was longer than mine, I’ve never owned anything bigger than a jack plane, but raked this old plane out of a cupboard, it’s a Stanley number 6 and is 18 inches long it’s got Stanley on the cap but Bailey made in USA on the body and the plane cutting iron has Stanley made in England on it. Other than that I know nothing about it i.e. is it a good plane? I touched the blade up and it seemed really good and was certainly better for planing that longish stock.
Is it an antique?

—Oldstarter (Dave

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#1 posted 08-03-2015 11:49 PM

Looks alot like mine, I put Lee Valley PMV-11 blades in all my old Stanley’s, makes them GREAT planes!
Has any rehab been done on the plane, sole flattened?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-03-2015 11:53 PM

Its a Stanley Bailey #6. It might need some tuning, but should be a good user.

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 11:56 PM

It’s definitely a good plane. I can’t tell from the picture all the features that would pin the type down, but if the handles are rosewood, then it looks like about a type 16 which would mean it was made from 1933-41. If they are painted/stained hardwood then it is a later type. More pictures with the iron out and showing the adjust knob would help, but there are guys here that know the types so well they can tell without that sometimes.

The made in England iron was probably put on after the original was lost or used up. If it’s working really well don’t mess with it, but you can also learn how to tune up a plane to perform better. I think a sole only needs to be flattened if there is a problem, but you’ll see advice to do it no matter what sometimes too.

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#4 posted 08-04-2015 12:17 AM

yep, I’d say it is a good plane…

White oak shavings. Plane is a little older than yours.

This one is a Stanley No. 6c, Type 10. Seems to work just fine…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 08-04-2015 06:53 AM

Thanks for all the replies and photos guys, I live in England so I’ve just woken up.
Andre. Apart from me touching up the blade I don’t know about any rehab that’s been done on it. It was my father in laws he was a pattern maker by trade but had run his own and various shops for years, he having gone now I’ve no one to ask about the plane but by the sound of it it’s well worth hanging onto and giving it some TLC which I shall do.
Don. Thanks as I’ve said to Andre I shall be keeping it and spend some time on it.
Tim. Thanks for all that, your dating 33/41 sounds right for what I know of his early days, I’ll have a closer look after breakfast at the handles etc.
Bandit. Thank you, I’ll strip her down after breakfast and take another photo of all the bits, then I’ll look at some of Paul Sellers videos I’m sure I’ve seen one on planes.

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#6 posted 08-04-2015 08:50 AM

That was a long breakfast. Ummm! not sure of the handles but they’re not stained or painted just varnished. Anyway here’s a couple of photos with it stripped down.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#7 posted 08-04-2015 09:10 AM

A couple sites will help you date it: or

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 08-04-2015 10:04 AM

It can be a very versatile plane; you can use it for jointing shorter stock or for flattening and milling to thickness. Some use it as a “fore plane,” the first plane they use when milling stock. I find it a good bridge between the No. 5 and 7 planes. Looks like yours is in good shape and will clean up nicely.

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#9 posted 08-04-2015 10:08 AM

Thanks rwe I shall have a look.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#10 posted 08-04-2015 10:16 AM

Thanks Matt. As mine is all stripped down now I guess I might as well get to work on it. I really liked using it on the long stock I mentioned earlier and will probably go looking for a number 7 now.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#11 posted 08-12-2015 09:16 PM

Well it did clean up nicely. Paid a little attention to the sole, painted the base black as was the original and honed the blade to scary sharp so all ready to go. Not sure about it being a number 16 as according to the lists that rwe suggested I look at, it should have a raised area at the toe and heel which it hasn’t, the handles turned out to be stained hardwood.
As I said all set for a test run tomorrow.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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