|Group of Items found 2012.10.06|
|Plane as found|
- The plane body is unmarked
- Tote and knob are both rosewood
- The blade adjuster has an unusual raising feature.
- There's an extra cap which is secured via a cam-lock lever
- The blade is marked "Bailey Tool Co" in an arch across the cutter, with a medieval looking axe and Patent 1871 beneath.
In any case, I posted the images above to the old tool group to see if I could fine out any more info. I suspected from my own searches that this plane was an early Leonard Bailey plane. I received a couple of replies identifying the plane but the best answer I received was from tool collector Josh Clark who wrote:
So this blog post is basically about taking some detailed photos and getting them online (I found one photo of a similar plane, a number 4, that was shown on a For Sale page but marked as sold).John-
Yup, it's a Bailey Tool Co. jack plane all correct and proper and actually in not too bad condition. This plane was made in Woodsocket, RI by Seldon Bailey & Co., not Leonard, though Leonard did get involved at some point ca. 1878 and the whole thing gets confusing. You can see the various patents for the plane here: http://datamp.org/patents/search/xrefCompany.php?id=534 If you have an interest in mechanical stuff, the blade adjusting mechanism is really cool- it's a work drive that has a very very fine adjustment tolerance, much finer than a standard Stanley plane. Cool stuff. Nice find.
I very carefully dissembled the plane to give it a good cleaning, using only mineral spirits:
Here are some details shots of the blade adjusting mechanism:
And here's a short video of the way it works:
The other unusual feature of the plane is the cam-lock mechanism:
And here's another short video showing how it works:
Additional photos of the cleaned plane:
I received a suggestion from Josh that I might want to repair the tote (it had been badly glued together at the crack at some point and the rod would hardly pass the off-set). I undertook to use something that was reversible, in case at some point someone wanted to do a different repair, so I used a black super glue I found online, reasoning that a bit of acetone would break the repair if necessary.
I did just a little light sanding then added some shellac to approximate the sheen on the knob. Here are photos of the completed plane with just a little more cleaning an a light coat of paste wax:
That's about it. I hope I've managed to add to the knowledge-pool regarding the Seldon Bailey plane.
Here's a site that shows images of other Seldon Bailey planes (sold):
And here's some additional info from the Old Tools Archive: