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Blog entry by Pete posted 01-30-2012 11:57 AM 3631 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With planes I can get some good puns :D

3 planes

My dad has graciously “lent” me these three planes to use until he needs them back. Which is never cos he doesn’t do much in the way of woodwork anymore. Though he kept the #5 just in case…

The story goes that he got these planes and a bunch of other stuff from an old chippie he worked with who was retiring when I was very young. I dunno how old that makes these but they sure are looking good for their age!

Let me introduce you to my ladies;

Record No. 4
Made in England apparently and still on the original blade, well it says record and made in england so I can only assume it is.
record number 4

Stanly Victor No. 20
This one is quite odd, I’m assuming the bottom curves for doing chair seats or something like that
Stanley victor number 20

Stanley/Bailey No.7
Not sure what this one is supposed to be called. It says Stanley in one section and Bailey on another. All I know is it’s bloody long, heavy and made in Australia (like me!).
Bailey/Stanley number 7

My current plans are sharpening the blades nicely, giving everything a nice clean and then using them. Crazy I know right?

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 03:03 PM

Welcome to the ”SLIPPERY SLOPE”. You might want to check this out.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 03:34 PM

Nice looking planes. Get to know these, they are great fun to work with.
Your #4 is a “smoother” for final finish of materials( No need for sandpaper after using this one). Your #20 is a “Compass plane” , it is indeed used for curved surfaces, the # 7 is a “Jointer Plane” one ideal for making boards straight. (If used properly )

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 03:43 PM

Don’t drop that compass plane! It’s very valuable. Nice collection!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 04:55 PM

WOW- that compass plane is a great score! I’d love to have one of those, but they are quite pricey on ebay!

By the way, the last two are Stanley Planes. They put the Bailey name on some of them because he was the guy who came up with the adjustment mechanism, patented it around the time of the civil war,and later sold that patent to Stanley.

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 04:59 PM

The two cast base planes could probably use a lapping after so many years.

You’ve got the starts of a nice collection there. All good, honest working man’s tools from a day when there was pride in making things and the tools to make them with. Cherish them.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 05:43 PM

Pete – Far from crazy! Even though I can’t see the pictures at present, you do have a great start. It’s a shame about the #5 not being available to you. Adding to what Chips said above, the #5 is called a Jack Plane, pretty much because it’s the jack-of-all-trades tool when it comes to doing an intial shape of stuff (wood). After working a board w/ the jack, the jointer is next. It gets the edges and faces square and flat/true. The smoother (#4), like Chips said, is the last one to touch the work, and removes any small tear out and gets the surface oh-so-soft and smooth. Get this one working right and you will indeed be hooked.

When you have the current tools worked up and have a chance to ‘play’ with them, consider adding a similar vintage #5 to your till. With the #4, #5 and #7 you have the three essential bench planes.

Good luck!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 05:58 PM

Planes can sure come in handy I have 40 or more and should probably use them more often than I do. I think it’s a matter of getting in the habit of of putting them to use. this will be a good opportunity for you to experiment with the ones you’ve borrowed and see what the can do.


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Don W

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 09:28 PM

Great score. I lost count and not sure if I could actually get an accurate count. I’d rather not know anyhow.

I agree with Smitty. Add a #5 to that collection and you can plane almost any project. And that’s the “plane” truth.

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

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 01:05 AM

Thanks for the information guys, seems I’ve got some reading to do :O

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 01:17 AM

the number 7 is a Jointer Plane… now pays people just use a power jointer…

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 02:00 AM

#5 should be easy to come by and should be farily inexpensive tool.
Some how I end up with 4 #5s. I don’t recall that I specifically looking for them.

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

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#12 posted 01-31-2012 03:20 AM

its plane to see
youre gonna be hooked on me

when i make that sweet sound
shavings float free to the ground

you will dig hunt and scour
you cannot fight the power

its plane to see youre a handtool junkie.
(+2 on my GI for a sweet tune)

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#13 posted 01-31-2012 04:25 AM

You should get to know that radius plane well. I have that same plane and would say it is probably my most used plane of all. If your into arches and lots of radius work as in arched cabinet doors, etc. you ll find it is very quick in truing up bandsaw cut arches. I will use it many times over the spindle sander. Enjoy em !

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#14 posted 01-31-2012 04:41 AM

Chrisstef – two points awarded to the gent w/ the snappy verses! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#15 posted 01-31-2012 05:48 AM

that’s a very versatile set …..

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

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