#2 plane size difference

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Forum topic by mandatory66 posted 01-29-2016 12:33 AM 422 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2016 12:33 AM

I picked up an old Bailey #2 plane a few months ago and I noticed it has more room in the handle than my Lie Nielsen #2. The Lie Nielsen is 7.5 inches long & the Bailey is 8.0 inches long & they are both are marked #2. There is much more room in the bailey for your fingers, I can use a three fingered grip & not have my knuckles hit the blade adjuster wheel which I cannot do with the Lie Nielsen. Because of this I find myself reaching for the Bailey more often than the Lie Nielsen. Why are they different sizes if they are both #2.

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#1 posted 01-29-2016 12:44 AM

The Lie Nielsen was not completely patterned after the Stanley. and there are a lot of other differences. Just the way the company made it. But I agree. I like to grab the #2 with all fingers on the outside.

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#2 posted 01-29-2016 02:14 AM

I think LN states that they based their planes on the Bedrock series.
My 602 is 7.5”.

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#3 posted 01-29-2016 02:41 AM

I don’t know the type numbers, but Im pretty sure I remember hearing that the earlier #2s were shorter, then switched to 8” later., so yours is bigger than the original #2.

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#4 posted 01-30-2016 04:03 AM

Chris, you are right.I did some research and found that late production models of the #2 were made a 1/2” longer than the early #2 planes for a total length of 8 inches. The 8 inch models are scarce and hard to come by. That 1/2” makes the plane much easier on the hands with more room for your fingers. They should have made it 8 inches from the beginning. Thanks for the tip.

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