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MedicKen

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1123 days ago

During the past weekend my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. On this past Sunday I took the day off work and surprised her and met her at church where I presented her with a single rose and a card. After the service had ended I informed her that we were heading to the beach for the night. She has been wanting to get out of town for the past few months and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. We loaded up and headed west, finally landing in Morro Bay CA, about 2 1/2 hours from us. We had a nice dinner, with her 11 yr old in tow as well. The weather was perfect and we decided to do a little sight seeing as well. We have been there many times in the past but it never gets old and we always find something new.

This morning we awoke, went to a nice little mom and pop cafe for breakfast. Afterwards we drove about 15 minutes north in a little, sleepy tourist haven, Cayucos. We have always enjoyed antique shopping and today was no different. We will usually spend many hours looking through the local little shops in search of what ever catches our fancy. Most of our shopping is just that, shopping, and very little purchasing. Well, today was different. While crusing a local shop I spotted a Stanley plane in one of the cabinets. The cabinet was unlocked and I took the plane out. What I found was astounding!! A Stanley/Bailey #6 in 100% absolutely pristine condition. I dont think this plane has ever been used. The only mark on it was the original owner has etched his initials and a number into the side of the plane. The knob and tote are perfect as well as the blade and chipbreaker. There is still a slight coating of oil on them. And, it included the original box. It has a corrugated sole and it is dead flat. The black coating, name escapes me, is also 100%. It even has the tag from Stanley. I am not sure how to date these so I am hoping someone with more knowledge and history of Stanley can help me out.

During the check out the store owner informed me the seller had recently reduced the price from $165. I only paid $50, a steal if you ask me.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com


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WayneC

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#1 posted 1123 days ago

Very nice deal. This would be a more modern version imported from England. Should be a good user if your so inclined. You will have to sharpen it up and let us know how it performs.

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

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1123 days ago

That’s a nice, shiny #6 Ken. I’d agree that it hasn’t seen any use to speak of.

There is not a lot of information out there about dating the English-made Baileys. From a couple of things I did see out there, I’d guess it is fairly recent vintage…. 70’s maybe.

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

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WayneC

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#3 posted 1123 days ago

I would second the 70s as well Charlie. I like the UK versions better than the US versions in this age range.

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

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MedicKen

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#4 posted 1123 days ago

My first thought was late 60’s to early 70’s as well. I have noticed the lack of patent dates anywhere on the plane. Do you have any idea when Stanley stopped with the patent dates?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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WayneC

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#5 posted 1123 days ago

This is the only info I have seen on the english made planes

Type 1: 1937-1939
Type 2: WW2, hard rubber adjusting nuts..
Type 3: Postwar – steel bits
Type 4: Whenever those rib thingys appear on the beds (about 1972)
Type 5: Whenever the beds are marked 12-00X?
Type 6: 1983-present. The G12-00X planes

From
http://www.woodworkforums.com/archive/index.php/t-12634.html

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

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MedicKen

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#6 posted 1123 days ago

Thanks Wayne. I think all a moot point. Its gonna be a user as I dont think I will be able to re-sell and retire…lol

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist....medic20447@gmail.com

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wb8nbs

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#7 posted 1121 days ago

I think they stopped using rosewood for the handles about 1960 so probably newer than that.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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wingate_52

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#8 posted 1117 days ago

It is the same as my no.6 which I bought prior to going to college in 1969. It has beech handles and silver alloy screw heads on the handle and tote. Nice corrugated sole!

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