|Forum topic by drcodfish||posted 04-04-2016 07:51 PM||786 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
04-04-2016 07:51 PM
I bought a box of planes last year. Seemed like a good deal because there were a couple candidates which I thought would suit a need I had (flattening a workbench top) .
In the bunch were #7 and #8 Baileys, the #7 is a flat bottom and the #8 is corrugated. They both sharpened up well and are terrific pieces of equipment. Of course both had broken totes . I bought a replacement tote (beech) and put it on the #7 and it did an extraordinary job on the bench top. I had so much fun that I cold easily have planed that maple bench top down to a /4” thick board but, .... I restrained myself.
My questions on these two planes are:
1. I only need one, which one should I keep and which should I sell?
2. Would I be better off selling the other ‘AS IS” or should I do a restoration? Not a complete down to bare metal restoration but cleaning up all the bare metal (electrolysis) refinishing the Japanning with black engine paint and replacing the broken tote with a new rosewood tote (I can get this for about $25.00) Here they are:
My last question is about the smaller plane on the left, it is a Trustworthy and it was the gem of the bunch. I have done nothing to clean it up (yet) just did a good sharpening and it has been the best performing piece in the box. I don’t know anything about this plane and can’t find much reference material on it. If you are familiar with these at all I’d be happy to learn more.
-- Dr C