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Vincent Nocito

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180 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: plane stanley 122 liberty bell hand plane restoration

I was looking around in a local thrift store and tucked away on the shelf was this little beauty. It is a Stanley #122 Liberty Bell hand plane. These plane were produced to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. They were made between 1876 and 1918. The plane is 8” long and the blade is 1.75” wide. The body is beech and has a tiny bit of checking. At some point somebody tried to paint it and the metal and beech have tiny specks of green paint. The casting has a letter “B” on it indicating that it may have started life at the Bridgewater Iron Works. I think this plane probably dates between 1909 and 1918.

I have given it a light brushing to remove dirt and spider webs. The blade adjustment lever is intact and works smoothly. Once I do some research, I will try to clean off the green paint, clean and sharpen the blade and put this back into service.


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#1 posted 180 days ago

what a score

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#2 posted 180 days ago

Sweet find. That’s a plane anyone would be proud to have in the shop. Congrats.

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#3 posted 180 days ago

Great find, and a nice little story Too.

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#4 posted 180 days ago

Nice example.

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Vincent Nocito

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#5 posted 180 days ago

I should mention a very good source of information that I used to date the Liberty Bell Planes. Robert Ziegler put together a summary of the characteristics that helped with dating the planes. The document can be found at:

http://www.richmondantiquetools.com/Liby%20Bell%20Type%20Study%20_2_.pdf

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#6 posted 179 days ago

Sweet find

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#7 posted 173 days ago

Very cool find!

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#8 posted 173 days ago

I like these! I’m trying to get a set together, the cast iron ones as well as the transitionals. I recently re-bodied a #135. My latest acquisition is also a #122, but it came together from pieces from several different sources. I’m still missing that little nubbie that clamps into the slot of the cutter, and engages that height mechanism. It’s a tough little piece to find! The plane does seem to work without it, but I imagine it will loosen up after a bit of use.

Great score, Vincent! Wow, $5, !! I’ve got 10X that tied up in mine!

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#9 posted 173 days ago

Here’s my junkyard #122. I haven’t put it through its paces yet.

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#10 posted 173 days ago

Ohio Tools

Stanley

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#11 posted 172 days ago

@DonW: Ohhh, so that’s what they’re supposed to look like? Thanks for the pix. Mine will get run through the shop, someday! Are you still using Ford undercarriage flat black? Looks good…

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#12 posted 172 days ago

Dupli-Color Engine Enamel DUPDE1635 Ford Semi Gloss Black spray paint is the only thing I use. The Stanley will not get restored. That id fine the way it is.

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Vincent Nocito

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#13 posted 172 days ago

Update: I had a bit of time to start cleaning the plane iron.

Under all of the rust was a Stanley logo which likely dates the plane to somewhere between 1907-1909.

I am not sure if the rusty bit in the lower right of the second picture is just rust or another logo. It appears man made but I need to work on it a bit more. Thanks for looking and any suggestions on the restoration are appreciated.

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#14 posted 172 days ago

Here is my blog on transitional restores. There are plenty of others here on LJ’s to.

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#15 posted 172 days ago

The Liberty Bell series is an even slipperier(?) slope than collecting other Stanley-specific planes…be careful out there!!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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