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Forum topic by randi posted 10-14-2010 09:22 PM 1890 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-14-2010 09:22 PM

Hello all!
I’m a bit under the weather today so I figure I would take this opportunity to share some of the old tools that I have, and at the same time ask for help identifying a few of them.

First one that I have questions about is this large union plane.
Stamped on the nose is “UNION SOMETHING THAT ENDS IN A ‘Y’ Warranteed”. and then below is H. CHAPIN
Here are two photos:

Next one has no markings that I can find, very interesting.

The Next one has “E. SMITH Warranteed” stamped on one end, and 1 1/2 stamped on the other:

The rest of them I am sure I can find info on but please feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions, and any websites you would recommend for more info.
Stanley Bailey #7:

Stanley #26:

Stanley 35:

Stanley 78:

Stanley Stamped G-12 220 :

I have some more I need to go through and will add pics as I do, also I have a pile of blades/irons and components that go to some of these.

So what would you do with the older ones?
Clean them up and leave them be?
Restore them?
The “newer” stanleys I def will be putting to use, and will do my best to make them great again.

-- "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila." ~Mitch Ratcliffe

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 10:56 PM

The first one is collectible … It was owned by the guy that sang “By By Miss American Pie…” ;)
It looks to be a trying plane by H. Chapin, Union Factory
Sharpen it and put it to use.

The second plane is a one part of a match plane pair for cutting the groove for tongue in groove. It looks like it once had a razee handle on the back that has broken off. The back could be eased to make it more comfortable on the hand. It can be useful for cutting grooves for drawer bottoms. Unless you have its mate in your collection it will be difficult to find an exact match. If you make drawers, hang on to it. If not, it might fetch $5 on ebay.

Next up is a skew rabet plane. The skew makes it cut a little nicer, but makes it a bit more challenging to sharpen. Clamp down a wooden fence to the edge of your work and it will cut rabbets up to (I’‘m guessing based on the number) an inch and a half wide. If you only need a few rabbets cut, it will do them MUCH faster and more safely than you could get your dado blade installed and set up on your table saw.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 11:47 PM

Nice try, Swirt, but American Pie was sung by Don McLain. However, we’re on the same wavelength, cuz I see “Harry Chapin’s” planes on eBay quite often. (“Cat’s in the Cradle” guy.) I’m looking for some good transitional Stanley planes myself, in fact a 26, 27 and 35. The ‘78s are quite popular, and you really should try to find a guide fence and depth stop to use them well. They’re great to use!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 10-14-2010 11:57 PM

Nice Collection you got going there !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 02:06 AM

Skew rabbits make the best shavings…..... except for spill planes. I’ve got some transitionals if you’re interested Poopie.

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#5 posted 10-15-2010 03:23 AM

I would interested in the #7, if you aren’t going to keep it. I need a plane, I am going to use it as a stationary plane for jointing musical instruments tops and backs.

-- Richard

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#6 posted 10-15-2010 03:38 AM

The Bailey #7 is a type 14 (circa 1929-1930), as evidenced by the sticker on the handle and the raised ring around the front knob. It should have a Sweetheart blade. has some good typing info. It looks to be in nice shape.

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#7 posted 10-15-2010 01:53 PM

Sorry Richard, these are like family heirlooms to me, some probably belonged to my grandfather, and a few at least were actually used by my father probably in his younger days…and a few more still that arent pictured were used throughout his life.

Hopefully these make it to my grandkids someday and they can appreciate them.

Scott I think you are correct on the Bailey as far as I can tell.
Havent taken the time to check the blade yet.

Thank you for all of the replies.

-- "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila." ~Mitch Ratcliffe

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