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Forum topic by justin83 posted 05-17-2016 01:53 AM 446 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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justin83

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05-17-2016 01:53 AM

I picked up an old iron spokeshave over the weekend, and I am having a hard time identifying it. (Actually I paid $10 for two boxes of old tools, and found this in the bottom of one.)

It’s about 10.5” long, curved handles, and an adjustable mouth. If I look really close, I can (barely) make out “BAILEY” on the underside of the left handle, followed by something I can’t make out. I can’t make out any letters on the other handle. (See pictures.) I don’t see “Stanely” or any numbers stamped anywhere on the body. The blade has “Stanley Rule & Co.” stamped on it, but no idea if it’s original.

1) Any idea what vintage this is, or how I can ID it?
2) Is it worth trying to take the paint (jappaning?) off to get a better look at the undersides of the handles?

I was going to clean and up use this, but wanted to check on what it was before trying to tune it up.

(BTW, I am new to woodworking and really new to old hand tools. Any info will be appreciated!)

Thanks


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#1 posted 05-17-2016 02:16 AM

63ish? Wasn’t aware that bailey had patents on a spokeshave but it doesn’t surprise me.

Edit: #53 raised handle adjustable mouth spokeshave

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#2 posted 05-17-2016 03:44 AM

I thought maybe a 53 as well, but what bugs me is that there are no holes in the handles, as there appear to be in almost every Stanley plane. Also, the top-front of the body, the 53 appears to have round protrusions on either side of the blade, where as this one is smooth…

EDIT: Just saw this same spokeshave on hyperkitten, labelled as Stanley #53, but the handle-holes and different leading-edge contour still has me puzzled. Where there design variations of the Stanley 53 or could this be a pre-Stanley Bailey?

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#3 posted 05-17-2016 04:28 AM

Many variations or “types”. Definitely worth cleaning up. Iron may or may not be useable. Depends on the condition of the back of it once the crud is cleaned. Worst case is you have to buy a new/used iron.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 05-17-2016 04:46 PM

What Fridge said.

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