My rehabbed Bailey #5 Using gun blue

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Well today I finished rehabbing my old Bailey #5 planner. It only took me 2 days to complete. This was handed down to me by 3 generations of wood workers in my family, one to the next with my Dad handing it off to me. It looked terrible, here is what I started with.

You can see I had my hands full to restore it. I painted the foot (I think that’s what it’s called) after some sanding. I also did something really different, I had some gun bluing solution left over from a rifle restore I did, so I blued my plane. I really think it turned out awesome! I just love it! The wooden handles look like rosewood, beautiful wood though. I even blued the screws & shined up the brass. Here is the final restore pictures.

As you can see I put some time into doing this as well as I could. The big handle was broken in half, so I used some tight bond 3 to glue it up. The frog is broken but it still holds the blade in. I need the part that allows the blade to move side to side, but over all, i’m happy with it. Thank you for looking, let me know what you think of it & if there is something missing I am unaware of. Have a good evening all.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 823 days ago

The lateral adjuster isn’t that big of a deal. The early planes didn’t have them. Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing. Yes, you could replace parts but then it wouldn’t be the plane you had handed down. They are not that expensive so just buy another one if you want one that is perfect.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#2 posted 822 days ago

You know David, your right. It is exactly the way I received it from my Dad, except restored. Have a good night.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#3 posted 822 days ago

Great job on this. Looks almost new. Wonderful family heirloom.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 822 days ago

I’d love to see that plane in better light. That bluing is awsome. Nice job sisQmark. :)

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David Craig

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#5 posted 822 days ago

Beautiful rehab Mark. Three generations would be as proud as the next three are going to be.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 822 days ago

Thank you for the praise. The bluing just came to me, I thought it would look cool & give it another element of uniqueness that I’ve never seen on a plane. I love it, it looks really good IMHO.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#7 posted 822 days ago

That came out great Mark. Looks like the extensive time & effort you put into that paid off.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 822 days ago

Very nice Mark !
A “new” family treasure.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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Don W

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#9 posted 822 days ago

it came out great. I love the grain in the wood. Nice job.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 822 days ago

You did a great job on this restore. It’s the same tool but…...........looks totally different. Every time I see old well-used tools, I cant help thinking about the movie Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood and his workshop.

You should be very proud of this job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 822 days ago

Nice job well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 822 days ago

Beautiful restore

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 822 days ago

Excellent restoration…. it looks fantastic!

If you wanted to use it, I would look for a cheap for-parts plane on eBay with a good frog and lateral adjustment lever, and swap out your broken one. But as an heirloom, it’s perfect just the way it is.

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

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#14 posted 822 days ago

Great job! I, too, am working on restoring a #5. I’m not that creative though… lol well done

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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#15 posted 822 days ago

Well done sir. I would keep an eye open for a replacement frog (and BE SURE to keep the original).


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