|Forum topic by ShipWreck||posted 785 days ago||652 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
785 days ago
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.