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Forum topic by ShipWreck posted 02-24-2012 09:37 PM 1065 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2012 09:37 PM

Ok OK….you guys win! This just arrived in the mail today. It is a no#5 Bailey with the 3 different patent dates ranging from 02-10. I got it for a decent price and I am looking forward to restoring it. The tote and front knob are perfect. The frog area, chip breaker, and lever cap seem to be fine. Knob movements work smooth. The blade seems to have some life left to it, but I am going to get a “hock” blade. The sole seemed to be pretty flat when I dragged the blade of a machinery square over it. The sole/sides had about .003 radius on each side aft of the blade. The center area of the sole was square to the sides, but each side (about 1/2”) had a .003 gap. Maybe you experienced guys would know about this. I guess I can make a 90 degree lapping jig to cure this?

The good wife took one look at it and asked me what the hell was I going to do with that “ole junker”. She has only been around the new stuff. She just gave me “those eyes”.

This will be my first restore and any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks….... John

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 09:51 PM

now you are deffently lost…..............and for the rest of the next two weeks
you go thrugh all the restoring/refurbing blogs on L J so you update your knowledge
and come out of the room as a confused proffessor
if you want the super polished new looking serface then take a look at Dan´s blogs
you can go with less if you want

but you shuold realy read the different blogs … (there is so many ways to skin that cat)
before you deside how you want to do it
don´t care about the look you wife make … we all get them from time to time
and none of us have found the answer to that ….. :-)

good luck with it


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#2 posted 02-24-2012 09:56 PM

Looks like a type 11. You got yourself a great plane! Have fun restoring it! Where’s the chipbreaker?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 09:57 PM

Well john, welcome to the dark side

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

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 09:59 PM

Its there Brandon….. I had it off for a few minutes.

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 10:10 PM

:-D you’re golden! It’s really a nice plane that doesn’t look like needs much work. For the next one, buy one that’s all rusted and ugly. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 02-24-2012 10:15 PM

LOL Brandon….. Thats why I snagged this one. I spent alot of time in the navy lapping engine parts and scraping bearings. Retired engineman here. I paid my dues….....Im looking for the easy way out these days. :)

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 03:48 PM

Looks like you’ve got a great find there! Nicely done!

Have a look at my blog for some tips on restoring that bad boy:

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

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#8 posted 02-25-2012 04:14 PM

Assuming the sole is flat, this looks like an easy restore.

Here is the way I would approach it:
1. Disassemble everything.
2. Check tote and know for cracks. If painted, strip. If stained, clean with mild cleaner (I like Murphy’s oil soap). If Rosewood, finish with BLO. I prefer Danish oil with walnut.
3. Check Iron & chipbreaker for knicks. File/sand out knicks. Slarpen iron.
4. The body does not look rusted. I Scotchbrite pad (non-metallic version) would probably shine up the unpainted (Japaning) areas.

That is a nice plane. I agree with an earlier post. I think it is a type 11, too.

Nice catch. You will like that plane far better than the new stuff.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#9 posted 02-25-2012 05:02 PM

Thank you very much for the tips guys. I went over to the local WoodCraft today and picked up the Veritas honing jig and the WC 18” granite surface plate. I already own a old 24 inch lapping block, but I dont trust it anymore.

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#10 posted 02-25-2012 05:15 PM

Whoa. Triple date 5. You’re on your way to a terminal disease (in a good way, of course):)

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

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