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06-04-2010 08:38 PM

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Last night I purchased this plane at one of the local antique store ( the same place I bought my #7).
The asking price was $55.00, I offered $30.00, I got it for $38.00.
The plane is in almost perfect shape, it has only one chip on the Japanese, the blade looks like new and the sole was quite flat.
The only serious issue was that the sides were way out of square with the sole.
It took the plane all way apart to clean it and to tune it.
While doing that I broke the short screw holding the handle. I was able to drill it out and to re-tape it.
I squared the side on my Ridgid oscillating sander with the belt one, I worked perfectly!
Then I sharpen and polished the blade and then after installing the blade back in I flattened the sole.
I then refinished the wooden parts and cleaned and smoothed all the other parts , the casting and the frog mounting surfaces.
I used car polished on the Japanese which now looks like new.
This plane now works like a charm but I have a question: which kind of plane is it?
The casting says Bailey made in USA -#5. The blade says Stanley.
No other marking.
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 08:43 PM

Hey! I am getting better!
i was able to upload the pictures!
Next time they will be in focus and centered ( may be)

-- Bert

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 08:44 PM

Looks good Bert
I think Stanley and Bailey are synonymous.

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 08:46 PM

Looks like an older Stanley #5 Jack Plane … the absence of Stanley’s name on the lever cap is indicative of older vintage Stanley planes, but I’m not sure which type. You can probably come close to the type and date of manufacture through websites like

Good luck with it … looks like a keeper!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 09:07 PM

That’s in real nice shape. It does look older, but it’s hard to ID the type…the ring around the front knob indicate that the sole is at least a type 14, the frog looks like type 16, but the lever cap looks older than that…possibly type 9 to 12. It’s possible that not all parts are original. It’s all prewar from what I can tell. A nice plane, and a nice buy for $38…enjoy!

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 09:26 PM

Good looking #5 Jack plane despite the parts being from a few different vintages. As A1 Jim said, the Bailey name and Stanley are the same. Stanley bought out the Bailey patents. You can read all about it here

Unless you are going to use the plane on a chuting board, there is really no reason to worry about the sides not being square to the sole. That is only important if using it for chuting … and even then, only the bottom facing side (typically the right side).

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#6 posted 06-04-2010 09:44 PM

Thank you for your answer. This is plane very is nice to use.

-- Bert

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