Bailey No 3 Hand Plane Restoration

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12-30-2016 03:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bailey no 3 type 9 hand plane

Just last week I received an old hand plane. It had been my grandfathers. It is a Bailey No 3C (corrugated sole). Based on online info it appears to be a type 9 dating from 1902 to 1907. So while it was my grandfathers, even he did not buy it original as he would have been a small boy when it was made.

No idea where he got it. He was not much of a woodworker, he was a machinist. The plane seems well used though, so I suspect whoever he got it from used it quite a bit.

I had to laugh at myself when I cleaned the iron and saw “Pat Apr 19 92” and couldn’t make sense of why it would have a patent dated 1992. They I realized, it was April 19th 1892. Duh.

It was in surprisingly good shape with mostly surface rust. Though a lot of paint spatter on it. Toughest part was squaring up the bevel on the iron. Took about an hour on 80 grit with a honing guide. I really need to get a jig for my bench grinder.

Most of the cleaning was using a wire wheel. I originally wasn’t going to repaint it, but there was some rust I couldn’t clean, without removing more paint, so decided to just clean it well and go ahead and repaint.

I smoothed the edges of the knob and tote and applied some Danish oil. I wanted to leave as much of the original patina as possible. Someone’s hand, or several had worked it and I wanted to keep that as much as possible.

This is my first plane restoration and it was a lot of fun and very satisfying. More so to get a tool in good working condition again and better still that it used to be my grandfather’s and possibly even his father’s.

Anyway, here’s the before and after pics:

-- Clin

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#1 posted 12-30-2016 03:11 AM

Looks great, Clin!

My favorite tool is a keen kutter #3 that belonged to my grandfather. Cool to be able to use a tool with a family history.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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#2 posted 12-30-2016 03:16 AM

Nice transformation! Great work.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 12-30-2016 04:47 AM

Beautiful result. I wish I had something like that from way back in my family.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 12-30-2016 05:43 AM

Congrats on inheriting a family heirloom Clin. It looks like it is in good hands.!

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 12-30-2016 03:30 PM

Great job on that family heirloom, Clin. I’m sure grandpa is happy with your treatment of that plane. If planes could talk . . .

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 12-30-2016 03:36 PM

Excellent job there. I envy you having a tool from your grandfather. That’s something I wish I had.

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#7 posted 12-30-2016 05:18 PM

Great job on that family heirloom, Clin. I m sure grandpa is happy with your treatment of that plane. If planes could talk . . .

- Don Broussard

I’m sure he would be if he were still around. While he lived to be 100, that was 14 years ago now.

I do think about the “what if tools could talk”, at least in a way. When I use a hand-me-down tool, I can’t help but think who used it before and for what. Just how much cussing and cursing a tool had been exposed to.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 12-30-2016 05:23 PM

Nice job. I always wonder why the old planes always have paint splatter on them. That would be one question i would ask a talking plane

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#9 posted 12-31-2016 01:04 AM

Like you, I have my grandfather’s old No. 3 plane. It also has paint speckles on it, and a worn spot in the tote, where his thumb knuckle (and mine) ride. I tuned it up and put a Hock blade in it, and I use it a good bit. It was one of the planes I used to make a pencil post bed for my granddaughter (his great great).

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Don W

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#10 posted 12-31-2016 04:18 PM

excellent work.

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

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