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dakremer

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05-10-2017 06:56 PM

I’ve been looking for some planes to refinish. I know the Bailey is a good plane, but is the Marsh?

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#1 posted 05-10-2017 07:01 PM

I am just starting to get into hand tools. I have been watching Fred Sellers re-finish some hand planes, and I want to give it a try. I’ve been waiting to find a plane that is worth re-finishing. Just looking for some advice. Are these planes good quality planes? Worth refinishing? Is the price good?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 05-10-2017 07:06 PM

The answers to your questions are yes, yes & yes.

Good quality, definitely worth refurbishing and a great price. Snap them up quick.

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#3 posted 05-10-2017 07:08 PM

Agreed. Buy em and buy some citric acid or evaporust while youre out. Science project time.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 05-10-2017 07:12 PM

sweet, sweet, and sweet! Thanks guys! I’ve heard of Bailey before but have never heard of Marsh. I figured the Bailey alone is worth $25. Should be a fun project – have never refinished anything like this before, but looks fun!

They’re about 2 days old on Craigslist, so hopefully they’re still available.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 05-10-2017 07:30 PM

After a good soak i like to use those little sanding sponges to get it clean then immediately hit it with some wd40 to prevent any flash rusting. Some paste wax will keep the rust demons at bay once the wd dries.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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dakremer

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#6 posted 05-10-2017 07:35 PM



After a good soak i like to use those little sanding sponges to get it clean then immediately hit it with some wd40 to prevent any flash rusting. Some paste wax will keep the rust demons at bay once the wd dries.

- chrisstef

Is the WD40 and paste wax necessary if I’m just going to be sanding it flat, right after the soak? I bought myself a piece of 3/8” glass, and am going to be flattening with sandpaper. I guess really only the sides and bottom will be sanded, so probably coating the top would be beneficial.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#7 posted 05-10-2017 07:36 PM

HC Marsh made planes up until sometime in the 1920’s. IIRC, they were eventually bought out by Stanley and were closely aligned with Rockford tools, as both manufacturers shared the same building. As far as I know, the planes they manufactured were very good quality and would have been considered to be a similar level tool to the Bailey line from Stanley. Guessing that the lever cap on that one is not original, as any I’ve ever seen have a plain lever cap with no markings or stampings. If/when DonW sees this post, he would probably have more info.

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#8 posted 05-10-2017 07:50 PM

On the bottom not so much, but once you get a new layer of iron exposed its going to flash rust without a doubt. Likely right in front of your eyes. You can definitely spray it after you rub it down with some sandpaper. Youll need the paste wax for the sole anyway. It makes a world of difference when you try to push it against some wood. I wouldn’t go hog wild flattening the sole of a 3 either. Get it close and youre good. Spend your time making the iron surgical sharp and dealing with the mating surface between the iron and the chip breaker.

JayT – I know your eyes are getting older but the CL listing indicates a Dunlop lever cap and iron ;)

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 05-10-2017 08:28 PM

If you can see light between the the iron and cap iron. It isn’t close enough. Otherwise it could clog.

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#10 posted 05-10-2017 08:36 PM

If you don’t buy them I’m going to call about them. Don’t make me sleep on the couch again.

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#11 posted 05-10-2017 08:47 PM


JayT – I know your eyes are getting older but the CL listing indicates a Dunlop lever cap and iron ;)

- chrisstef

I think it says more about my reading ability than the age of my eyes. :-)

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

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#12 posted 05-10-2017 08:49 PM



If you don t buy them I m going to call about them. Don t make me sleep on the couch again.

- mramseyISU

Well I definitely don’t want an ISU fan to get them, so I better get on it :) :)

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#13 posted 05-10-2017 09:55 PM

Go for it! That is a good price!! Oh and I remember staying in Coralville one night while going out west!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 05-11-2017 04:41 PM

Someone got to them before I did. Huge bummer :(

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#15 posted 05-11-2017 04:41 PM



Go for it! That is a good price!! Oh and I remember staying in Coralville one night while going out west!!

Jim

- Jim Jakosh

The Coralville/Iowa City area is a really nice area! I live not too far from there!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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