10 July 2013 at 8:35 pm #14626ScottParticipant
I try not to gloat about my tools, unless I have personally tarnished the tool with heavy use, but this time I got a little excited.
I just purchased what I believe is an early (ie..1948-1950) Type 19 Bailey No. 4 off of eBay. It still has a couple of the features of a 18 (square top on blade, STANLEY printed sidewards on lateral lever, flat top across tote) and several of a 19 (frog receiving body casting, straight knurling on depth adjuster, heavily lacquered rosewood knob and tote, two piece tote screw).
The “Buy It Now” price was very high, so I made my “Best Offer” for less than half at $42. Accepted.
What makes this plane special is that it is virtually brand new. Flawless. 100% japanning and nickel plating. Even has some orange overspray on level cap. Sole never fettled. Factory grind on bevel. Looks like someone used the plane once, and put it back in the box. Even the box is in great shape. Not bad for a 60+ year old plane.
I’ve been looking for a crisp Bailey to see if it is all that Paul claims. I cannot wait to put it to use.
-Scott Los Angeles10 July 2013 at 9:34 pm #14634Steve FollisParticipant
That’s a great find Scott! Congratulations!!
Memphis, Tennessee11 July 2013 at 7:44 am #14656mikeprutzParticipant
I thought I was lucky when I got my rusted $10 no.5 last weekend. Three hours of work to clean it up and it is no where near as gorgeous as yours. Excellent find.11 July 2013 at 8:00 am #14658cpetersen1970Participant
Great find, you got a steal on that one! Rest assured, you will be well pleased with that tool; Paul speaks truly about the No. 4.11 July 2013 at 2:53 pm #14663rustyParticipant
Scott gloat away. I usually get excited about any tool purchase. I usually post on good finds as my wife, friends and family are not as excited. So congratulations and enjoy.
Mike $10 bucks is a good deal, I got my no5 for 25 and was overjoyed.11 July 2013 at 4:36 pm #14666ScottParticipant
@mikeprutz – I was actually looking for a rusty plane to rehab, but it is hard to find one without a broken tote, cracked sole, or a worn out blade that sells for anywhere less than $30. Yours is a great find.
I have been using an old ECE Primus 704 plane for smoothing up until now. The 704 has a 50 degree bed, which is favorable for reducing tearout, but the mouth is not adjustable and is probably too open for the thinnest of shavings. I do love the feel of wood planes, and the 704 does a pretty good job, but the way you can wrap your fingers around the tote on the No. 4 makes it feel more nimble perhaps. It will be interesting to compare the two.
-Scott Los Angeles12 July 2013 at 8:08 pm #14695David GillParticipant
It is possible to buy second hand planes in good condition, see attached a Stanley No 3 and a 41/2 I bought not long back from a tool auction. I did spend a bit of time cleaning them up I paid about £60 for the pair.
Wigan, Lancs. England :
You must be logged in to access attached files.8 January 2014 at 1:46 pm #25522Eddy FlynnParticipant
i just picked up a couple of old wooden planes and a coping saw in a couple of charity shops all three only cost me four pound, even if i just get some hard wood for the new plane series they are a bargain, not to mention the irons
Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
You must be logged in to access attached files.8 January 2014 at 2:37 pm #25524John MooreParticipant
These are all good finds, I recently got a Record 044 plow plane with 8 blades for $32.00 USD. It need no cleaning, honed the like new blade(each still had the blue stickers on back top edge), and went to work.
It is a nice tool to have.
Lakeland, Florida USA8 January 2014 at 2:42 pm #25525Eddy FlynnParticipant
sounds like a good find John, thankfully there are still bargains out there its just a matter of finding them
Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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