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NCJOB

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11-27-2018 12:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood planes restoration replacement parts

I have just gotten into using hand planes and have discovered what a great tool they are. I bought an old No. 5 that was in fairly good shape and only needed minimal tune up. I really had not had an opportunity to use it until the other day and I was amazed at how well it worked and wished I had discovered hand planes years ago.

Now for my question. I have an old Bailey No. 3 that I now feel is worth restoring. It needs a blade, cap iron, and lever cap. From the little amount I have read this plane is probably from very early 1900’s. Frog is solid so I am thinking it is pre 1933 and the level cap I am looking for is the one that is not kidney shape (is that correct). Where would you suggest finding the parts I am needing. Does every plane have a different lever cap are some of them interchangeable. Same with the blade and cap iron, are any of the interchangeable.

Sorry, I know virtually nothing, but I am wanting to start working with planes. I don’t think I will have a problem do some restoration, just need some pointers.

Thanks!

Jeff

-- Jeff, NC


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#1 posted 11-27-2018 12:34 AM

Over on ebay, there is a store called nhplaneparts ( New Hampshire Plane Parts) Eric should have all the parts you need. You can even contact him to ask what parts to get.

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#2 posted 11-27-2018 12:56 AM

Jeff, sound like the plane bug has bitten again! As to Stanley’s Bailey pattern plane parts interchange, a No. 3 takes a 1 3/4” iron (blade), chip breaker and lever cap. Interchangeable with a No. 5 1/4. You are correct on the lever cap for a pre- 1933 plane being keyhole instead of kidney release hole. If you care to be period correct, earlier lever caps before 1925 do not have the word “STANLEY” on them… Just plain. I have a “few” parts here. I have been restoring Stanley planes for some time… Send me a message and I’ll see what I have that might match your needs.
Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith!

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#3 posted 11-27-2018 03:44 PM

bandit57, I checked out nhplaneparts and yes, it looks like he has about every plane part known to man. Think I will probably be visiting his store often.

KYtoolsmith, very helpful information. Yes, the plane bug has bitten. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but I have found I get a LOT of satisfaction using a hand plane. Results are so much better than the power planer. A little more work, but the wood looks and feels so nice. Not ready to get ride of the power planer, but I will definitely reach for the hand plane more often. I currently have a No. 5, No. 4, and a block plane. Have a No. 3 that I will be attempting to restore and I am looking for a No. 7. Also, I am going to attempt to build a router plane from scratch. Should prove to be an interesting project. Think that will give me what I need to get started down the hand plan path.

Thank you both for the great information. Glad I discovered this site.

Jeff

-- Jeff, NC

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#4 posted 11-27-2018 03:52 PM

KYtoolsmith – I am new to the forum so I cannot sent a PM until I have 5 posts. Hopefully, you will see this. What I believe I have is a Stanley Bailey No. 3 Type 9. On the toe it has Bailey and No. 3 and behind the frog I have two dates from 1902 (I think there are only two – have over a hundred years of crud to clean off). The main thing I am looking for at this point is the iron cap. If you have one, please let me know. I am assuming you will be able to PM me and if I can do two more posts, I should be able to PM you.

Thanks!

Jeff

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KYtoolsmith

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#5 posted 11-27-2018 05:08 PM

Jeff, just checked my stash… I do have a lever cap for a No. 3 type 9 – 11. Not show quality, but definitely a good user. The lever spring has some pitting but otherwise great shape. Also have a period correct chip breaker with blued back, and a later chip breaker, not blued. Either are great users. Have a few No. 3 irons, later types from 1933 to 1945 era planes.

Regards, The Kentucky Toolsmith!

-- "Good enough" is just another way of saying "it could be better"...

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NCJOB

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#6 posted 11-27-2018 06:29 PM

KYtoolsmith – thank you. This should be my fifth post so hopefully I can PM you shortly

Jeff

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