Bailey "Cordovan" Planes

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Forum topic by fritzer1210 posted 01-21-2019 06:37 PM 511 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2019 06:37 PM

I was reading that Bailey planes made in the late 60’s/70’s were painted with a cordovan (brownish) color with a yellow background on the Stanley cap iron. Because I got into woodworking around then, my first Bailey was a #5 which was practically unusable and laid in the box for almost 30 years until I started reading about tuning hand planes in 2000. This plane has no forward/backward frog adjusting screws. After much work, it is now one of my “go to” planes retrofitted with a Pinnacle matched blade and cap iron. Curious if any one is using one of these planes and how much work went into making this plane usable.

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#1 posted 01-21-2019 07:31 PM

Have two block planes….a 60-1/2 and a no. 9-1/4…..Cleaned them up, sharpened them up, put them to use…

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#2 posted 01-21-2019 09:27 PM

It’s not a Stanley “Two Tone” is it? What is stamped on the cutter?

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#3 posted 01-21-2019 10:14 PM

only yellow background on the Stanley logo cap iron. all other coloring on the frog, bed and body is cordovan color. Also read this is believed to the the last Baileys to be made in the USA and is Type #21. I no longer have the original blade. Thanks

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#4 posted 01-21-2019 10:47 PM

I have a Stanley 60 1/2 block plane that is maroon color that I bought new in the 70’s, I’m still using it.

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#5 posted 02-02-2019 01:14 PM

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