A Buyers Guide to Stanley Bailey Planes // Woodworking

A Buyers Guide to Stanley Bailey Planes // Woodworking

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In this week’s video, I show you how to identify the approximate date of a Stanley Bailey Hand Plane. The Stanley Bailey hand plane has been a much sought after design for woodworkers. Particularly the early models of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The reason is that Leonard Bailey was a cabinet maker by trade, and it was his design contributions that have made the Stanley planes the best of the cast Iron woodworking hand planes. If you’re shopping for vintage hand planes, this guide will help you identify the type and approximate age before you decide to purchase.

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  1. Deddy Djingga on January 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Do we need to sharpen the blade/blades when the first use out of the box? Thank you

  2. Eric Sorensen on January 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Hello Friends! If you want more info on how to date your plane, try the following links: Date Your Stanley Plane: https://bit.ly/3eKoMi7. Or Try Virginia Toolworks: https://bit.ly/3fISuVZ

  3. Stan Kolodin on January 22, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Are type 17s ok quality wise? What about type 18s, they look ok. Or are only type 16s and before planes worth the money?

  4. Hardnox on January 22, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Nice video Eric. Great information! I have been collecting and restoring Stanley hand planes for a long time. I also use them a lot in my woodworking business. I find that any that are pre-WII as good planes made with good steel. After, not so much. The new Stanley planes are made in Mexico and the machining needs much to be desired as I just discovered when a friend came to my shop with his brand new #4. We spent a lot of time tuning it to get it to function (the sole was not even flat which is inexcusable given modern machining capabilities) but it still is not equal to any of my older #4s. Lastly, I get tremendous pleasure using old planes thinking about who may have used it before and what they built with it.

  5. John V on January 22, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Nice No. 6 you’ve got there 🙂

    I picked up a 5½ a few months ago and restored that. It also has the corrugated sole, and I must say, for the weight, it does slide pretty smoothly.

  6. occasional_leroy on January 22, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Good information, thanks for reaching out to help a newbie like me.

  7. Glenn Riefenstahl on January 22, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    What’s the best way to restore these old beauties? I have a few that are in rough shape and never knew that they were 100+ years old! They deserved much better treatment in the past and certainly will now.

  8. Dudley Hanks on January 22, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I have a Bailey no. 6 plane with 2 patent dates (type 9?) with a Sargent VBM lever plate. Is this unusual? Which is older the plane or the plate?

  9. The_Scratch_Crafter on January 22, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    My father gave me a no. 7 (22") that I fully restored. I also have a 14" Dunlap and a Millers Falls 9". I don’t use the no. 7 all that often but did make an electric guitar and it resurfaced the face like butter!!!

  10. Bob Sitchenko on January 22, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Excellent information… Would you consider compiling a list of planes and their copyright dates that you believe to be the best and that a old timer can restore as a investment? Thank you very much. My email is: rsitch1@gmail.com. Bob

  11. Max Kushner on January 22, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    I really appreciate your thought process on newer planes. It’s so hard to find decent antique planes at affordable prices. How many times you find a pre war plane that looks good has a hefty price to only pick it up and see the sole is rusted beyond repair. However I pray we all find our set of bedrocks in mint condition with a reasonable price.

  12. Tony Minehan on January 22, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    I was gifted three Stanley Bailey’s number 4’s in return for restoring a 60 1/2 and a 4 1/2, the ones I was given date to the 1950’s to 1960’s. Probably not the best years for Stanley’s, but as I was looking for a 4 , I was delighted, I just wanted a plane to use, I don’t see them as "investments", I see them as tools, and tools to be used.

  13. Ian Pearse on January 22, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Today I picked up a No4, cleaning up nicely, sole flattening out well. First antique plane. I can see the fascination. Even after a quick tidy up it works really well. Cant wait to try the full restoration. Not bad for £10.

  14. Bernard Zhang on January 22, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    You have got a frankenplane in your video. The body is a type 12, however the frog is the hollowed out frog from a type 16+ plane. Type 12s do not have the kidney shaped lever cap too.


  15. Ross Morrow on January 22, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    I’ve just taken delivery of a Stanley No.8, SW, which I have learnt
    means ‘Sweetheart’. It cost me in total, shipping it from the U.S.A
    to me in N.Ireland £245.00 plus another £45.00 import duties and VAT
    I’ve never heard of an ‘SW’ plane, is it a good or bad thing? Perhaps
    if you’ve the time, you could fill me in with details about this type
    of plane. It’s also a smooth bottomed No.8, but I’m on the hunt
    for a genuine Stanley No.8 Tote
    It seems someone took the top bit off the tote, and in my humble opinion “hacked the living daylights”
    out of the blade by making it into what would imagine is a “scrubbing” blade…….with what appears
    to have been a file; and the curvature of the blade, all I can say is I’ve a LOT of work to do with the
    blade this weekend before I’ll be able to use it.

    I really liked your little sharpening ‘station’, it was so compact.

    Yours truly,


  16. peterlamborn on January 22, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    What’s the reason for the corrugated sole?

  17. Jack Thompson on January 22, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Just pick a no5 corrugated bottom at a auction for $5 it was made in england

  18. Handcrafted by GR Broussard on January 22, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Awesome information! Just what I was looking for.

  19. Berani Belajar on January 22, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks for share about stanley hand planer.. it;s good product i think..🙏👍

  20. j_b_93 on January 22, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    What was supposedly the benefit of the corrugated sole and why was there controversy in it?

  21. Greg Curtis on January 22, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    I have a #6 Stanley Bailey plane with no Patent dates. But has Stanley stamped on it in all the right locations onto the plane. Can you help me?.

  22. Alan Green on January 22, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Enjoyed the video! I have been casually collecting stanley Bailey planes also. So far I have from a #3 all the way to a #8. I am pleased with them all so far and they have done everything I have asked of them.
    My latest sidetrack are the Jointer and rebate planes…whoo! They are proud of those!
    Enjoyed the video man…keep ’em coming!

  23. Erwin Benally on January 22, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Soo….I bought a rusty plane at a garage sale, the guy said it was an antique but the handle was broke and the knob is missing. It rolled around in the back of my car for a week before I got it out and started taking it apart and put a wire brush to it. I found the patent dates March and August 02…so I figured the guy was pulling my leg about it being old. My Stanley Bailey planer #5 has the corrugated bottom, is it really 118 years old?