Stanley Bailey #4 restore

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Forum topic by KenBry posted 03-27-2012 03:10 AM 1466 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2012 03:10 AM

I won this Stanley on Ebay for $20 shipped. I wanted it to learn a little and wanted a #4 plane so. Here are the before pics. Not to bad but in need of some TLC. I lucked out and the Japaning was probably 98% intact. Just a couple edge chips.

Eventually I will get the sole a little flatter and add a Hock blade or similar. Over all it cleaned up nice.


-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 03:32 AM

Wow, that’s a REALLY nice plane for $20. Nice job!!

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 01:21 PM

Number 4 Baileys are a dime a dozen on E-bay. You can find them, 3s and 5s at pretty nice prices.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 06:24 PM

It is a beauty.
Job well done.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 06:44 PM

Excellent restoration.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 07:42 PM

very nice ,did you have to remove the old paint ?

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 07:44 PM

Awesome restoration KenBry! Most excellent

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 04:45 PM

Hong, I was very lucky when I cleaned the dirt and grime I found the Original Japaning was still their and intact. I would bet the original Japaning was at 98% intact with just a couple small chips in the edges.

I refinished the handles which where rosewood. Basically I stripped the old varnish, sanded smooth and applied new varnish.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#8 posted 03-30-2012 04:48 PM

Very nice restoration. I see a future in this for you.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#9 posted 03-31-2012 01:33 PM

very nice…what did you rejapan it with?

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 04:34 AM

Xtr, i didn’t have to. Please re read first post ;-)

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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