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A10GAC

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08-10-2013 05:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: plane iron l bailey question

I just picked up a plane iron at a tag sale for $1; overall it’s 1 5/8” wide x 4 3/4” tall, has a row of adjustment holes about 1 3/8” long, and is marked “L. Bailey Patent Dec 12, 1876” . I was thinking about using it for a small wooden plane. I’d like to know what kind of plane it was originally in? Any ideas?

Sorry for the mediocre pic, my wife is out & about with the camera

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#1 posted 08-10-2013 05:07 PM

It’s for a Bailey (Not Stanley) bench plane.
The frog has a unique holder that the cutter sits on and a spike goes in any one of the holes.

Edit: Here’s a pic I found a while back on the internet. I have a large jointer, it’s missing that piece and I hoped to eventually figure out how to make one if I don’t sell the plane.

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#2 posted 08-10-2013 06:32 PM

Cool, I thought it had to be for an adjuster, but the top had obviously been “adjusted” with a hammer (it was peened over pretty well on both sides) at some point so I wasn’t sure. It has a great brown/black color to it, I’ll have to find some wood worthy of the look. I’ve got some elm sitting in the rack that might be just the ticket.

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#3 posted 08-10-2013 07:04 PM

” the top had obviously been “adjusted” with a hammer (it was peened over pretty well on both sides) ”

Sounds like somebody used it for a chisel :-(

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#4 posted 08-10-2013 10:59 PM

@joein10asse – Maybe. It’s in fair shape for it’s age, guess they found a real chisel after beating this for a bit.

Spent a while flattening the back, doesn’t look like it has ever been done. A few deep pits, but I think the edge will clean up well. I’ve been surfing the site for plane ideas…you guys (& gals) have posted too much cool stuff.

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#5 posted 08-10-2013 11:04 PM

Just a note, and certainly not a suggestion that you shouldn’t use it, but anything Bailey, pre Stanley goes for a pretty high dollar. Keep it in your sights.

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#6 posted 08-10-2013 11:30 PM

Don, I thought about that, but, since I’ve already cleaned up the hammer damage and started flattening the back…..probably too late.

Current best guess, based on shape & patent date, is that it came from a Bailey Victor block plane.

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