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gijoe4500

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03-08-2017 05:05 PM

On Sunday, I was at a local flea market, and picked up my first couple hand planes. One is a corrugated sole Bailey #5, that I have dated to between 1910-1918.

The other I’m not quite sure about. There is conflicting information, and I’m honestly not even sure if it is even a Bailey, or just a Bailey-style plane. It is a corrugated sole #6.

According to http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan1.htm, the corrugated #6 didn’t start manufacture until 1898. But using the plane dating guide on http://hyperkitten.com/tools/stanley_bench_plane/index.php, it says this plane would be dated between 1874-1884. Either way, it should serve it’s purpose well, once I get it cleaned up and rebuilt.

Both plane seem to have all their parts, but I am not quite sure of complete condition of everything just yet. I am hoping to get them stripped down today to give a full inspection. Both of them need new tote handles, for sure. I am relatively new to wood working, and am limited on tools, but making new handles maybe something I attempt myself. Worst case scenario, I learn a bit, am out a few bucks and some time, then end up building them off the internet somewhere.

Anyhow, I’m just super excited and wanted to share!


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Marn64

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#1 posted 03-08-2017 06:08 PM

Planes made before 1885 had no lateral adjuster, your plane looks like a type 5.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#2 posted 03-08-2017 06:11 PM

The second plane is probably a Union.

try this

http://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/01/26/quickly-identify-your-hand-plane/

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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gijoe4500

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#3 posted 03-08-2017 06:25 PM



The second plane is probably a Union.

try this

http://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/01/26/quickly-identify-your-hand-plane/

- Don W

You may be right. Looking at the lateral adjustment on the #6, it definitely looks just like all the pictures i’m seeing of the Union. Both of the twist, and the “circle” engagement pad.

And it looks like, they are basically considered on par with the Bailey planes. Either way, I’m happy. Can’t wait to get them tuned up, and get a feel for how to use them. I’m glad to have some 100+ year old iron to work with!

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Ocelot

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#4 posted 03-08-2017 08:57 PM

Watch yourself! I started just like you and now I’ve got 50 hand planes! :-)

It’s great fun to clean them up.

-Paul

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#5 posted 03-08-2017 09:22 PM



Watch yourself! I started just like you and now I ve got 50 hand planes! :-)

It s great fun to clean them up.

-Paul

- Ocelot

I started just like that to. Now I have over 500!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 03-08-2017 09:56 PM

I started like that, too. I’ve cut down to only 35-40 planes, but have moved from buying to restoring to building all wood planes to building planes out of wood and metal. (Don’s ahead of me on this, too)

The slippery slope has many paths.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 03-09-2017 01:11 AM

I now have a small collection of hand planes. Most of them are Stanley’s that I have re-furbed. Christopher Schwarz’s “Handplane Essentials” has been very helpful. The #5 is very versatile. If you work with rough sawn boards the #6 can be a true fore plane, or with the blade sharpened square it is a decent jointer.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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gijoe4500

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#8 posted 03-09-2017 01:25 AM

I don’t see myself ever getting above 8 or 10 hand planes. But you never know. I’m sure that’s what most people said.

And for the #6, I’ll probably use it more as a jointer than anything else. Maybe one day I’ll get a #7 and #8. But for the smaller projects I have in mind, the #6 will probably work beautifully.

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