Stanley Bailey #4 hand plane restoration

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Blog entry by RecyclingDave posted 12-12-2014 07:39 PM 2413 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m new to hand planes so I wanted to start with fixer uppers because I feel like the end result is the effort you put into it. I picked up a Stanley Bailey #4 and Millers Falls #9? For $40/pair. This is just the start with the Bailey and all I have done so far is a bath in Evapo Rust. More pics and progress to come. Any pointers are welcome as this is new to me.

After an Evapo Rust bath

-- If it doesn't fit......get a bigger hammer

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#1 posted 12-12-2014 07:48 PM

That Stanley looks to be in good shape and will make a fine plane. Get your sharpening gear and process in order, lots of info and ways to get it sharp, but that may be the most important part.

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 10:05 PM

I recently restored the same plane. Lots of info online to bring it back to working order. A nice sharp iron and it will be a workhorse.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#3 posted 12-12-2014 11:59 PM

That’ll make a good user for sure.

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

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#4 posted 12-13-2014 05:54 AM

@ Don W I notice you have a small hand plane addiction. Can you recommend somewhere online to buy plane parts without the bidding and waiting of EBay? This plane in particular I need a Frog bolt (was going to get 2) and I need the bolt that goes on the back bottom of the Frog which I believe is a Frog adjusting screw.

-- If it doesn't fit......get a bigger hammer

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#5 posted 12-13-2014 12:21 PM

The 4 cleaned up nice!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 12-13-2014 12:25 PM

There are some links here to some suppliers. You can also ask on the “hand plane of your dreams” thread. Often somebody has the piece you need and will make a good deal.

New Hampshire plane parts sells on eBay and usually does buy it now. Send him a message if you don’t see what you want.

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

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