My first plane restore #6 Bailey

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06-08-2012 12:34 PM

I don’t have many pics pre restore, I didn’t really think I’d ever restore it. I took the body down to bare metal and degreased it. Cleaned and ploished all of the other parts, did a little filing and fitting, and repainted with some stuff I found at the local auto parts place. It is for roll bars and bumbers so I figured it would be pretty tough. It looks pretty good for a first try I think.



-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#1 posted 06-08-2012 12:41 PM

Fine looking restoration, Bill. Welcome to the “I like ‘em shiny” club!

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

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#2 posted 06-08-2012 12:46 PM

Beautiful job, Bill. Looks almost new, now.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 06-08-2012 12:54 PM

Looks so good I have a hard time believing that that’s your first one. :) Excellent job. I’m in the middle of restoring a few planes myself, hope they look that nice when I’m done!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 06-08-2012 01:00 PM

Thanks Charlie and wreck. It was fun to do. I did my little 60 block plane too. No pics. I likes em shiney and dirty too. I found a guy who is supposed to be sending some, what he calls “real” japanning materials but I don’t have anymore planes to use it on. I guess I’ll have to shop around for a few wrecks to try it on. I was going to buy some from a felloew LJ’er but couldn’t really afford it(not that his prices were too high) so I had to come up with a different solution, my usual solution to these types of problems, do it myself.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#5 posted 06-08-2012 01:02 PM

Yep, it’s my first try. Thanks.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#6 posted 06-08-2012 01:09 PM

If the first pic is the ‘before’ I would have left it alone, but dang, it’s purty afterwards!

I picked up an $8 WARDS MASTER (Cheap Stanley I suppose) and while it didn’t look bad the adjusting screws on the frog were really rusty, to the point where the threads feel iffy when you screw them in and out. Also missing the knurled adjusting nut. I also picked up a Bailey No. 6 for twenty bucks that looks like it sat in standing water at some point. I messed up the tote screw heads, and had to drill the head off the front screw, ruining a perfectly fine rosewood tote in the process. Then the long threaded rod for the back screw twisted off at the base and I’m in the process of trying to drill it out without messing up the threads in the plane itself. NO MORE CHEAP RUSTY PLANES!

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#7 posted 06-08-2012 01:54 PM

I’m “cleaning up” a No. 3, but when I’m done it definitely will NOT look as purdy as what you’ve done. Wow!

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#8 posted 06-08-2012 03:59 PM

very nice. Its good to see the ol’ girl shined back up.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 06-08-2012 06:42 PM

Looks great!

I am debating on mine. It is also a #6 and is corrugated. How much shine or removal of the old patina should I do? I guess this post is for shiny it up. Maybe I should just do it and see how it goes. Anyone have objections of shining it up? Everything else on the #6 is ready to go. Because of the significant lost of the original japanning, it have already painted it. All the rust on sides and bottom have been removed. It is just not very shinning at this time.

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

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#10 posted 06-08-2012 09:54 PM

Thanks everybody. Like I said, this was my very first one and the only advice to anyone else who is contemplating doing a restore is to, like you said hhhopks, is to just do it. I waffled too on doing it and just went for it one day. I said it will either turn out good or it will turn out bad and I’ll have to do it over again. I don’t have to do it over again.
Here is a link to the spray paint I used on it. It looks very thick on the plane that doesn’t really show in the pics.

Thanks for all of the compliments.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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