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Redcloud

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02-28-2012 04:37 AM

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Hey LJs, I’m really new at buying/restoring Stanley planes, so new that I have NO idea what I’m doing. I picked up a couple of #5’s at a garage sale. I don’t even know what part does what! I’d like to restore these as good as I can and learn how to adjust and use them. I’ve searched here a bit and have found a tidbit or two but honestly…. I need Planes 101! Can any of you steer me in the right direction?
Thanks in advance,
Bill


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#1 posted 02-28-2012 04:53 AM

First, we need pics….you will be able to find numerous blogs on the subject. Try out the search function. Don W has interesting info on the subject, as do many others. Good luck.

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 05:00 AM

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 05:11 AM

http://home.comcast.net/~rexmill/planes101/planes101.htm

How is that for a start?

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 01:03 PM

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 03:41 PM

Welllllllllll. You’re toast. Once ya get ‘em all tuned up, you’ll want more and more.
A well tuned and sharp plane(s) is a great asset in your armory.
Glad that you’re gettin’ sucked in to the world of “plane geometry”.
Bill

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 08:13 PM

WoW!!! Thanks for all of the links and advice fellas! Great stuff! Looks like I have a #5 Stanley/Bailey with a smooth sole and one with a corrugated. The corrugated has a “sweetheart” blade and the other is pretty corroded, so I’ll have to “uncover” the details. More later when I get home from work….. lunch is too short!
Thanks again to Shane, CC, David, Don and Bill. He may be hooked!
Bill

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 08:29 PM

Bill,

if the blade is badly pitted on one of your No 5s, I’d replace it with either another vintage one which is in good condition, OR a premium new iron from either Lie Nielsen, Veritas, or IBC/Pinnacle all of which make good irons for old Stanley planes.

Also, with TWO jack planes, I’d recommend setting one of them with a cambered iron in order to take of more amounts of stock, and the other one (probably the one with a new iron if you buy a new iron) to take real fine shavings to smooth out the stock.

I’m sure you’ll learn a ton over the next few weeks as you dig deeper into this. Best wishes with your new planes. Any more questions, just ask them here; there are a lot of great people here who really know their stuff—and a lot of us who are learning along the way.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 11:07 PM

Most of the old Bailey bench planes have not much value even
when fixed up, so be cagey about overpaying for dirty ones
with missing or broken parts. Still, they are lots of fun to fool
with and fix up to meet your needs.

I’m saying I generally wouldn’t spend more than $20 for a dirty #5 with all parts present. All cleaned up such a plane is worth
only $40 or so on ebay. Sometimes dirty planes are worth buying
just to take apart and part out as the old rosewood high knobs
and totes in good shape can be worth something to collectors
looking to make their own planes more complete.

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#9 posted 07-17-2012 11:56 PM

Hey I have 4 of them we found in my grandpas garage. I was looking on here how to clean them up, then I was going to sell them on ebay but if you are interested it could help us both out! I will sell all of them for $90. I just took a quick pic. We haven’t touched them so they look rough.
1-Stanley Bailey No. 3 1929-20
top of handle was chipped off but still looks nice and works.
1-Bailey No.4
In good shape, nothing seems broken or missing.
1-Sargent No. 409 New Haven, CT USA
Some cracking, some paint smears. good condition otherwise.
1- Trustworthy
Handle loose otherwise good shape.

I can give better photos if you are interested
brookeydoo@gmail.com

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#10 posted 07-18-2012 12:10 AM

Hey I have 4 of them we found in my grandpas garage. I was looking on here how to clean them up, then I was going to sell them on ebay but if you are interested it could help us both out! I will sell all of them for $90. I just took a quick pic. We haven’t touched them so they look rough.
1-Stanley Bailey No. 3 1929-20
top of handle was chipped off but still looks nice and works.
1-Bailey No.4
In good shape, nothing seems broken or missing.
1-Sargent No. 409 New Haven, CT USA
Some cracking, some paint smears. good condition otherwise.
1- Trustworthy
Handle loose otherwise good shape.

I can give better photos if you are interested
Brookeydoo@gmail.com

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