Unusual block plane

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Forum topic by cmaeda posted 02-24-2009 08:49 AM 1056 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2009 08:49 AM

I came home today and found that my wife bought me 5 hand planes from a garage sale for $5 each. 2 were Stanley Bailey #5s, 1 was a Stanley Bailey #3, 1 was a non-branded junky #3 and the last one was an unusual block plane I never seen before.
The body of the block plane (it was a low-angle block plane) was made out of stamped steel and it had a stanley blade installed but the body and cap iron didn’t have a name. The front knob and the screw that holds the cap iron was not removeable. Has anyone ever seen something like this?
The mouth is not adjustable and it looks a little wide so I’m guessing it can’t be used for fine planing… just for rough cuts.
But what kills me is that she said there were other Stanley Bailey planes that were smaller than the #3 but they were $10 because they were in really good condition. So she might have passed up a #1 or #2. Oh well, I’m just happy I got some more planes to play with.

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 03:28 PM

Wow, great deal. And a nice wife to boot. (Just an expression, don’t boot your wife).

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#2 posted 02-24-2009 03:29 PM

Can you post some pictures?

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#3 posted 02-24-2009 04:00 PM

If there ever was a tool bargain in today’s market, vintage Stanley/Bailey hand planes are certainly high on the list. With a little TLC they are once again highly useful and supurb tools.

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#4 posted 02-25-2009 06:38 AM

The sole is actually fairly flat. The person who owned it took very good care of it and didn’t use it much. After I cleaned it, the 3 stanleys were in great shape.
I’ll take some pictures of the block plane maybe tommorrow.
I asked a friend of mine and he said the block plane sounds like one he used in school. (He’s 80 something years old) He hasn’t seen it but he said in school, they had block planes made that way so that it can be abused and dropped. They had to be pretty much indestructable.

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