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BlankMan

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06-14-2011 06:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane baileys no 6 baileys no 6

I’ve been wanting a Bailey’s No. 6 plane for quite a while, been keeping my eye out for a used one and even considered buying a new one. Well my patience paid off. Was checking eBay for one last month as I’ve done many a time and came across one for $29.95 ‘Buy It Now’. Looked good in the picture, and I’m used to and like to restore tools and machines, so I bought it.

When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised, it’s in much better shape then I expected it would be based on the price. In fact I really wouldn’t have to do any restoration of it just clean it up and check that it’s flat. But I still may do some restoration on it just to make it look pristine.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 06-14-2011 06:17 PM

One of my favorite planes in my shop. We were just talking about it. August scored a 606 for a great price.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 06:23 PM

Looks pretty good.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 06:25 PM

I think $30 is a pretty good price for a #6 in decent condition. This one looks like a Type 16, pre-WWII vintage to me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-14-2011 06:27 PM

Charlie, that’s good, I wanted an older one. How could I tell?

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 06-14-2011 06:33 PM

You’re right, it’s a gloat.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 06-14-2011 06:35 PM

Mine’s REALLY old. The first thing you spot is the raised casting surrounding the front knob. That’s a major type branch if I’m not mistaken.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 06-14-2011 07:00 PM

Curt, nice plane. The #6 is also one of my personal favorites and I reach for it all the time.

Also here is a link to page that will help you find the type/age of your Stanley planes http://home.comcast.net/~rexmill/planes101/typing/typing.htm

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 06-14-2011 07:12 PM

This is a good place for plane dating as well:

http://hyperkitten.com/tools/stanley_bench_plane/dating_flowchart.php#Types 1-20

If you follow the step-by-step questions, you should be able to date your plane fairly accurately.

I know this shouldn’t be older than a type 16, because that is the model which introduced the kidney-shaped hole in the lever cap. And after the type 16 they started getting away from the rosewood tote and knob, which this one appears to have.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 06-14-2011 07:17 PM

And enough blade to last a lifetime! Excellent score, and I echo those above in saying I reach for a #6 for lots of things; more so than a #7 or #8 for small jointing jobs. Heck, even smoothing of longer runs. But then tune them up properly, and they can each be cross-utilized. Figuring out the way you want to work is the fun part, and it’s also cool to have choices between a number of great Vintage tools. Enjoy!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#10 posted 06-14-2011 08:04 PM

Definitely a great buy @ $30, and in nice shape too. #6 tends to be a bit less popular than some, so they go for a bit less, but I like my #6 a lot. What patent dates are shown?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#11 posted 06-14-2011 08:13 PM

I’m going to take a guess that there’s no patent date on the bed of that plane…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#12 posted 06-14-2011 10:31 PM

Dan thanks for the link, that determined it was a Type 16.

And thanks Charlie, your link confirmed it was a Type 16 and was a hellva lot easier.

And Smitty, yep, no patent dates.

Right in the date range I would have liked and got it. Luck was shinning on me that day…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#13 posted 06-16-2011 10:33 AM

I am a bit confused, in what university is that not a Gloat. Peak condition No.6 for $29.95. Gloat, Gloat, Gloat. I am very jealous as I have wanted a 6 for the last two years. Basically since I started WWg

Well done. I will have keep a better watch on Ebay

Doug

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#14 posted 06-16-2011 05:32 PM

Nice score … i just ran into a #6 myself. From the looks of yours it appears that most people didnt use them to much. The one i scored was a type 11 and is in great shape for its age.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#15 posted 06-16-2011 06:07 PM

Hey Doug, that’s about how long I’ve been wanting one if not longer.

Yeah I’m glad this is a 16, I wanted an old one and even older then that would have been just fine. And I doeknow, if you take care of it and don’t abuse it you can still use it a lot and still have it be in good shape. Have to say, all of my tools that get a lot of use are still in great shape.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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