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Forum topic by Rob posted 06-25-2008 03:18 AM 1615 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2008 03:18 AM

Does anyone have any of these old Stanley Baileys or something similar that they could part with? I could use it. Just pm me and let me know what you would like for it. Thanks. I can’t seem to find them in my area and I’m sure not going to order one in from England.

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 03:21 AM

Lee Valley is in Canada. They have good planes at good prices if you want to go new.

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 05:31 PM

They are all over Ebay – some inexpensive and others way overpriced but patience will be rewarded once you start looking – I got my Bailey #7 with a replacement HOCK blade for less than $30.00 and about $12 shipping (they are long and kind of heavy) I just place my max bid and forget about it rather than get all caught up in the bidding war, never had to wait too long to find what I want at the price I want.

Have a good day!

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 08:08 PM

Thanks Betsy, I’m familiar with their planes and would love one but I have a hard time parting with that kind of money when I know there are lots of these old planes around just waiting for a new owner. Even the new Stanley’s are half the price of the Veritas. I’m sure once you’ve used the Veritas or Lie Nielson you wont want to go back but I have yet to use any jointer plane and imagine I’d be quite happy (for awhile) with any.

Thanks knothead, I’m currently bidding on ebay as we type. Perhaps you other jocks should just ignore the planes on ebay for a few days and I’ll stand a better chance! :)

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#4 posted 06-27-2008 03:42 AM

That’s where I got my #8 for $27.00 and yes it works wonderfully!

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#5 posted 08-05-2008 08:29 PM

If still searching, I have a nice extra 7 thats gathering dust, usual fettling is all it needs. If still interested contact me. I use old tool/galloot transaction style. I’ll sent it to you, if not fit for your needs sent it back, we are both even. If you want it, yours if you would trade for an unassembled template of your guitar stand made from any scraps you have laying around along with the difference in postage. It’s that easy.

-- Ciao, gth.

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#6 posted 08-05-2008 09:06 PM

That’s awesome! I’ll pm you.

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#7 posted 08-06-2008 02:38 AM

Well you can’t beat that with a stick.

I was going to suggest that if the prices on the #7 were looking prohibitive on e-bay or elsewhere, I find that I get much the same use out of my #6. Essentially the same blade width but about 4 inches shorter. Surely there are situations where that extra 4 might come in handy, but if you’re truing up less than 6 feet or so, I don’t think you’ll see a measureable difference.

My #7 lives at home with the bech, but my #6 get’s to travel to the job sites.

The bright side of the #6 is that they tend to go for a lot less on e-bay than a similiar condition #7 or #8.

At least that’s been my experience, good luck with yours…


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#8 posted 08-06-2008 03:19 AM

Never again will I be fooled by all that hand tool enjoyment
BS. Joiners and planers , routers and dovetail jigs-YEA! After making a really nice hutch 2 x-mass’ ago for my mother in law, maple and oak, all by hand- planed, dovetailed, sawed, drilled, etc. I learned the hard way and will never repeat that process, I would guess about 300 hrs. and about $1000, most of the cash was spent to fix my screw ups. I would say an example of my finest work, despite numerous flaws. Quite the learning experience and also put me in check with my abilities. Deeply respect the “by hand only” school, but not for me. A couple of LA blocks, rabbets, LN #4 & 62 is all I need, mainly in place of sanding. Once anyone planes rather than sands, for personal work anyway, ROS’ will seem disrespectful to fine wood. JMHO. Good luck with the #7

-- Ciao, gth.

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#9 posted 08-11-2008 09:01 AM

Power tools are great but I use my hand jointer quite a bit. Thin stock, short stock, etc. Theres a number of safety limitations on power jointers. Plus I tend to smooth everything with my #4 no matter what. Longer boards get power jointed, then hand jointed then smoothed.

Power planers and jointers all leave washboard cuts the better tools just make them less noticeable and easier to clean up.

I’m not a hand tool only guy but I love the glass smooth surface a hand plane gives you vs the slightly foggy look of power sanding.

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#10 posted 08-11-2008 10:01 PM

3rd, 4th, er whatever recommendation for e-bay. I have recently nabbed a few planes off there. So far so good. Check pictures with care. I am not a collector, so I look for planes that are in decent shape but far from aesthetic perfection. Heck, the #7 I bough is covered in overspray. It probably spent a good portion of life timing interior doors and frames.

Sounds like the lumberjocks have you taken care of, but don’t scoff to hard at e-bay if you are looking for a daily user.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#11 posted 08-15-2008 03:08 PM

A Stanley Bailey #7 arrived at the door this morning. I guess there is something to be said for that whole “ask and you shall receive” business! Thanks a lot Gus! Much appreciated.

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