|Forum topic by Lifesaver2000||posted 02-19-2012 10:45 PM||1569 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-19-2012 10:45 PM
I usually don’t post this type of thing, but I do need a question answered if someone will be good enough to help out.
I was out antique shopping with my lovely wife yesterday, and came across a flea market we hadn’t seen before. I am always on the lookout for good deals on planes even though I don’t really need any more, and saw one sitting on a shelf just after I walked in to this place.
I picked it up and was quite surprised when I read the “No. 605” on the front of the plane, and saw the “Stanley R&L Co. Bed Rock” on the lever cap. Since the overall shape was the same as the Bailey planes I have, not the Flat Top of the Bedrock planes I have seen, I wasn’t sure just what was going on. The back of the tote has the “wing” or whatever it is called broken off, there is some surface rust but no pitting, cracks or chips on the main body, and the frog has just a slight chip that I think I can work out with a little lapping.
I figured for $11.95 it was worth the risk. When I got home I found it was a 605 Type 3 based on a type study site I found. I didn’t know that the earlier types didn’t have the flat top sides.
My plan is just to replace the tote, clean it up and use it. From what I have found on most web sites, this isn’t a particularly valuable version of the Bedrock, but before it goes in the Evaporust I wanted to make sure I wasn’t degrading the value by removing the original patina. I really want to just use this, but don’t want to do something that would make a collector cringe.
I also picked up a Bailey No. 4 Type 17 for $14.95 in very good shape (I actually did need another #4), and passed on a No. 3 Type 17 for the same price but slightly worse but restorable condition. Saw bunches of other planes in various flea markets and antique shops, some quite cheap. Saw one wooden plane that had to be 30 inches long, and also saw a transitional plane for the first time in person. Pretty good day if you are a hand tool / hand plane geek.
So, is this, as I hope, a user?