Bailey Bench Plane #4 Restoration

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Project by ShaneA posted 10-27-2011 09:01 PM 3118 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I was unsure as to the best place to post this “project”. The handles are made of wood, right? They were sanded and refinished with a couple coats of tung oil. The plane was cleaned and repainted. The iron sharpened and the back flattened.

I am a hand plane beginner. I have recently jumped in with both feet on planes. I had some quesitons and wonderments about planes, that a lot of people on the site have helped me with. This one was rusted when I got it, cleaned that up with naval jelly and some sandpaper. A good cleaning and wire brushing, added some hammered black paint to the body. Got it working best I can with my limited knowledge.

All in all, planes are interesting little tools, lots of variations and history to learn about. Still working on my technique. I bet it took me about 3-4 hours fumbling around with it in total. I would like to thank all the people who helped me. But beware, the whole plane thing, can be addictive and take away from saw dust making time. But I think it is a worthy investment, for a lot of reasons. These planes have already outlived most of us, and will no doubt, outlive all of us. Thanks for looking and thanks for the advice I have gotten.

I still have not “flattened” the sole of this plane yet, but I will be working on that soon.

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#1 posted 10-27-2011 09:31 PM

Yes my friend it a slippery slope, enjoy your new old tool plenty of fun to be had…nice recon…BC

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#2 posted 10-27-2011 09:51 PM

Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 10-27-2011 10:00 PM

Huzzah! \o/

Yeah an hour after that post of mine I’ve got at least 2 planes inbound and perhaps up to 3 more depending on how eBay bidding shakes out. (erm… oops.)

That’s a pretty little plane.

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#4 posted 10-27-2011 10:06 PM

Slippery slope, but they are interesting little tools. So much info out there, can be dizzying.

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#5 posted 10-27-2011 10:52 PM

Take good care of it, keep the blade sharp, and this little tool will deliver years of clean shavings and satisfying woodworking. Nice job.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Don W

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#6 posted 10-27-2011 11:15 PM

planes are like beer, one’s to many and 100 ain’t enough.

Nice job.

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

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#7 posted 10-28-2011 12:35 AM

And it looks like you scored well on those three other Stanley-Bailey planes in the background.

Floor wax will give you a sheen on that handle and tote to bring it closer to original gloss.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#8 posted 10-28-2011 02:15 PM

It always makes me so happy to see a old plane put back to life.
You done great.
Hope it will bring you years of joy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-28-2011 04:36 PM

That is great, I love seeing old tools restored and put to use.

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#10 posted 12-14-2011 06:11 AM

Great job……. sorry to be so late to seeing it….lol…..thanks for the post! Great work!!!!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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