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10-06-2011 07:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane question

Both my great-aunt and great-uncle worked for Stanley their whole lives when it was actually making things in New Britain, CT. We cleaned out their basement the other day and came across a couple of new and used tools:

An old-school metal jigsaw. Anyone still have one of these? Seems built to last.

Bailey no4. Any idea on the year? I have a spare no4 LV blade, so this looks like a good plane to restore. Still in pretty good shape.

Thanks for the input.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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Bill White

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 07:36 PM

Sweet. The #4 is a real keeper. Restore and use. The cap iron without the “kidney” shaped screw hole connotes an older model.
My go-to plane is a #4C.
The Job Master saw is a great conversation piece, and can be a user if ya want (though I would keep it in the box unused).


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#2 posted 10-06-2011 08:53 PM

Can’t be earlier than a Type 14 based on the high-knob-in-ring. The cap iron, as Bill says, is older. So I’d say early 1930s vintage. Adjustable (and solid cast) frog too. Very nice. Seriously, a quality tool.

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 09:13 PM

That old school jigsaw is awesome! The “jobmaster”! I like that.

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

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#4 posted 10-06-2011 09:30 PM

hyperkitten will help date the plane if you’d like.

definitely a keeper. thats a pretty old brand new jig saw. the collector in me says don’t use it. the user in me says “why not”. i’ll leave that one up to you.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 10-06-2011 09:35 PM

Great finds! The #4 is likely a later type 15….circa 1932. The early type 15’s from ~1931 had a Stanley Tools decal on the tote. As Smitty mentioned, the raised knob ring indicates no earlier than type 14. They started rounding the top of the blades with the type 19 in 1948, so its older than that. Is the blade a “Sweetheart”?

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 04:37 PM

Thanks for the help guys.

Don W- that’s a great site

I’ve never been a collector of much, I don’t have the space. Plus, the jigsaw seems better than my $20 B&D, so it may have to be put to work to earn a spot on the shelf.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#7 posted 10-07-2011 04:50 PM

I am not sure what I would do or the sentimental value of the jig saw to you, but it may be worth your while to see what its worth. You may be able to sell it to a collector, and buy a really nice new jig saw. There is a vintage stanley jig saw on ebay right now for $70. Its been used (yours hasn’t) and it doesn’t have the original box or wrap (yours does). Its not a suggestion, just a thought.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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