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Old Bailey Wood Bottom Plane

Just wanted to know if anyone has knowledge of these old Bailey wood bottom hand planes?

I picked one up on eBay for $20. Itís in decent shape. Itís able to be restored enough to be in working order, but there is a crack in the cast iron body that I wasnít aware of until I got it. The wood block is 15Ē long.

I figured Iíd just clean the cast iron pieces, flatten the bottom, and sharpen the iron.

Is this one worth anything restored? Or, should I just get it in working order for my own uses/collection?


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I think that would be a No.26 transitional plane. Is it like this ( http://www.handplane.com/206/stanley-no-26-jack-plane/ ) one? Is the beech sole even in decent enough condition to use? A picture would be of great help.

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I think that would be a No.26 transitional plane. Is it like this ( http://www.handplane.com/206/stanley-no-26-jack-plane/ ) one? Is the beech sole even in decent enough condition to use? A picture would be of great help.


Here are some pics of it. On the nose it says ďNo. 27Ē, so I guess thatís what it is.

The handle is cracked, but I can fix that.

The sole needs some work. I was going to flatten it, but there are some surface cracks. Was wondering if the best option there would be epoxy? Or maybe adding a thin piece of hardwood...oak or something? Not sure what the triangle notch out is...








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Iím actually thinking about sending it back. That notch out in the bottom is strange. I also know the 27ís are fairly common.


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Well, turns out the seller just refunded my money and told me to keep it. Lol.
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The cut out looks like someone was attempting a repair. Itís done to make the mouth opening smaller and is/was required because of wear and flattening of the base over the years caused the mouth opening to get too wide since itís a tapered opening.


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The cut out looks like someone was attempting a repair. Itís done to make the mouth opening smaller and is/was required because of wear and flattening of the base over the years caused the mouth opening to get too wide since itís a tapered opening.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.


I opted to veneer a new sole on it.






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