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Mystery Hand Plane

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  • #395363

    Dustincoc
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    Madrid, NY

    Anyone have any idea who made this? I haven’t found any marks on it yet. Found it at work the other day.

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    #395366

    Sorpa
    Pro
    Pierrefonds, Qc

    It looks like a Bailey.

    #395369

    It is tough to tell with the lighting, but a Bailey type of sure – probably a #4.

    Orange County, CA

    #395373

    Dustincoc
    Pro
    Madrid, NY

    It looks like a Bailey.

    It is tough to tell with the lighting, but a Bailey type of sure – probably a #4.

    What makes you both say Bailey? There is no blade depth adjust mechanism at all and that is what I thought Leonard Bailey was most known for? Are you referring to pre-Stanley Bailey, Stanley Bailey, or Post-Stanley Bailey? I did an image search and came up with nothing even close.

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    #395378

    Looks like a Canadian version of the Stanley Handyman, number 3 or 4

    Except it’s missing the usual kidney shaped keyhole. A clone maybe?

    #395406

    jaydee
    Pro
    Spencer, Ma., happy 2015

    I was thinking A Stanley also,

    #395430

    I wonder if there is a book out there you can use to figure it out. It would be a good subject to write about if there isn’t. Email Christopher Schwartz at Popular Woodworking. He would probably know.

    #395457

    smallerstick
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    North Bay, ON

    I have seen a similar plane identified as Stanley.

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    #395468

    Dustincoc
    Pro
    Madrid, NY

    What’s confusing me the most is that this plane has features I’ve never seen in a plane this large before. The way the iron is helf reminds me of a number of Stanley Handyman or clone block planes I have. However, this is sized about the same size as the No.3 Stanley-Bailey I have. The sole is 8″ long and 2″ wide with a 1 1/2″ iron.

    I have found this picture, which is attributed to Leonard Bailey:

    However, the iron is completely the wrong shape and mine lacks a chip breaker as well. The shape of mine reminds me of an iron out of a wooden plane.

    I an wondering if it is an early iron scrub plane. It has a huge mouth and the blade holding mechanism seems to be common on that type of plane.

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    #395852

    Dustincoc
    Pro
    Madrid, NY

    I suspect this is either of non-USA manufacture. I was taking it apart and the tote doesn’t appear to be the original. The screw is too long for the tote. I was going to use a die to extend the threads and shorted the screw so it would fit and in the process, I discovered the threads are a m1.25 pitch so it’s a metric screw. That explains why whoever replaced the tote used the original screw.

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    #459937

    MrFid
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    Sudbury, MA

    Hmm interesting question. Did you clean it up at all? Maybe you could find a stamp on the sole, or the lever cap. I am assuming you’ve looked, though, if you’re posting here. Could be that someone replaced the iron and the chipbreaker has gone missing. That happens all the time, especially with someone who lets a plane get to looking like yours does in the picture. Doesn’t look like any Bailey I’ve ever seen, though.

    #459945

    ChadM
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    East Palestine, Ohio

    It looks like a Bailey type plane but over the years there were so many Bailey knock offs of varying degrees of quality. I have found several cheaply produced Bailey clones over the years of looking at yard sales and such for old planes

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    #459972

    whitehill
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    Ottawa, ON

    With the cross-pin to hold things in place it definitely looks more like a wooden plane than a modern metal one. Google cleaning up saws to reveal the etching on them, maybe you can spot some markings.

    #460046

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    I think it looks like a Bailey too.

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    #460089

    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    Looks like a Canadian version of the Stanley Handyman, number 3 or 4

    Also on the blade holder it’s missing the “Handyman” insignia

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