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Forum topic by Dwain posted 06-23-2018 11:38 PM 623 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2018 11:38 PM

Hey Guys,

A few months back I bought a “beater” type 11 (or 12, I’m never sure) #7 Stanley Bailey hand plane. Well, over the last week or so I have been cleaning it up, painting it and getting it ready for use. I started flattening the sole on a piece of granite, and discovered the following at the heel of the sole…

There is a similar, but smaller instance of it in front of the iron:

Finally, here is a picture of the entire sole, as well as the image of this beast after cleanup.

These appear to be the only two areas of significant damage. There is no cracking anywhere on the plane. The area around the mouth shows no damage and the heel and tow (in front and behind the damage) appear to be flat. I bought this on ebay; it was really dirty and grimy, so, no returns… I made my bet, I’ll take my chances! My question is this, will this damage affect the use of the plane? I am in on this little beastie for about $125 plus cleaning supplies. I want a user, not an antique or a show piece.

Anyway, please provide your opinions as to what, if any affect this will have on the use of the plane. I appreciate your opinions and thank you for your time!


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#1 posted 06-23-2018 11:44 PM

Unless it involves burrs marking marks in the wood….won’t hurt a thing. Just keep the areas clean of rust.

Sharpen it up, and put it to work.

ps: rub the sole with a plain candle, tends to help the plane slide along better…

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#2 posted 06-24-2018 01:55 AM

If it messes with the wood take some fine sandpaper and smooth the messed up areas out so that they won’t catch on the wood

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#3 posted 06-25-2018 12:12 PM

Agree those areas shouldnt affect use, and go ahead and soften the edges of those areas with sandpaper

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