I went to an auction today and bought a small box of stuff labeled
"primitive tools" for $15. The plane is what I was most interested in from
the box, it is: (Stanley) Bailey, 9", seems to be in pretty good shape and
on the body it is stamped:
It's my first "old plane" so I'm sorted of excited about it. The front knob
has a crack in it. But, other than that, the plane doesn't show much wear.
I thought it would be fun to clean it up. I am curious whether the markings
indicate whether this plane in anyway special (or older). Do they tell if
the plane is 100 years old?
If I can figure out how to use my wife's camera and get a picture up, I will
try to post a picture of some of the interesting artifacts that were in the
Bill (the same Bill from the recent workbench thread, just newby'ing
If it says Bailey, it's probably a Stanley. Check it out at Patrick's
blood and gore (http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0.htm )
To date it, you could check out the Stanley Bench Plane dating page at
This plane is probably not worth your time. Those patent dates
indicate that the plane is only about seven years old. The crack in
the knob is typical of the shoddy crap made these days. So is the fact
that there was a "bug fix" a few months after the original patent. A
true Bailey of a hundred years ago would not have cracked. Toss it...
.... over here!
If you are curious about my reaction, as I read the first sentence I became
suddenly disappointed. But the middle of the post had an air of BS about
it... and I was relieved when I got to the end! :)
First, not knowing what else is in the box, but assuming it is all in half
decent condition, let me
just say you probably suck.
From this info, and Patrick B&G, and the Stanley Plane Dating Chart, it sounds
like you are now the
proud owner of a Stanley #4 (smoothing plane, Jeff) Type 9 (1902-1907) or 10
Quick, grab hold of something really solid. The slope just got real steep and
it sounds like
somebody is greasing it up for you. If you think cleaning it up is fun, just
wait until you hear
the damn thing make that magic Ssszzwicckkk sound and then you pick up a shaving
about a thousandth
of an inch thick and look through it. All is lost at that point, and you start
wondering why you
have so many things in the shop with electrical cords.
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