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knighthood6

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10-04-2011 04:13 PM

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Picked up three old hand planes the other day. I thought maybe I will get around to restoring them someday in the future. One is a Bailey 5 1/4, another is a Handyman, and I do not see any markings other than Made in USA on the other. Paid about 5 bucks each for them. Did I get a good deal? Does anyone have any good references/ websites with tips on restoring these? Thanks.

-- Sam


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#1 posted 10-04-2011 04:39 PM

$5 for each plane is a good price for the handy man and the no name plane. It is a very good price for the 5 1/4.

There are quite a few restoration threads on this site.

Restoration
http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/series/40
http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/series/3983

Reference
http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/series/43
http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol/blog/series/4112

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Don W

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 05:19 PM

The only thing I’ll add to what wayne wrote is some advice on where to start. I’d start with the no-name. It looks like a stanley knock off, so its probably going to be easier than the handyman to make work really well. The 5 1/4 will work well, but its worth more, so if your going to make a mistake, make it on the no name. (not that you can really screw much up)

I have 2 – 5 1/4s. I like them. They were made primarily for students, but are a good size for certain task.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 11:10 PM

@Don – What are those certain tasks for the 5 1/4? I have one and think of it more as a long smoother or too-nice scrub. Does it really have a niche? (looking for an excuse to use mine more)

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

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Don W

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 11:31 PM

I don’t know that I really if it has a niche, and it probably depends on what other planes you have. I’m thinking planing(smoothing) long slender pieces. I suppose it would work well for a scrub on small pieces if it was set up for that. I typically use a planer or jointer for real sizing jobs, but if I had to size a small narrow piece i think I’d grab a 5 1/4.

I wound up with 2 because I won one on ebay and when it arrived it didn’t have a blade. I emailed the seller and he apologized saying he had two and acciddently sent the wrong one. Long story short, I got the second one for $6 and he paid shipping. It needed a blade, but I had one.

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 11:40 PM

You know how it goes – “needed” a 5 1/4 because a bench plane set just isn’t complete without the fractionals… It’s cool, pretty much a stretched #3 (which I’ve used as a small smoother and really like, along with the #2). Just don’t know about the 5 1/4. But I like the ‘small and narrow’ approach and will reach for it next time. Thanks!

Oh, and sorry Knight for the hijack. I really like the price you paid for each of those planes! They’ll do you well with just a little bit of cleanup. Good luck!

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

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Don W

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 11:49 PM

and let us know how the restore goes. If you hate it or get hooked like some of us lost souls.

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

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 12:30 AM

Well worth $5 each…heck a good knob or tote can be worth that! You might be surprised how nicely they clean up.

Enjoy!

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