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    I've been looking for some old planes to tune up, just for fun and to use in the shop. I went to two antique markets and saw a bailey #5c at each. At the first place, there was an older one- from the research I could do looks like a type 11, 1910-1918. The tote is a but loose and appears to have been replaced. Or at least part of it. It was $32.

    The second one looks like a Type 16, 1933-1941. The only damage I could see was the top of the tote. The horn was broken. It was $40.

    I'll add photos soon, I took some while I was there. It seems like they are priced than people expect to pay, but I haven't found too many locally and when you add on shipping eBay always works out as more. Any suggestions?

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    Here are some photos of the first one:

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    And the second one:

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    And here are photos of another 3 planes I've been looking at on kijiji (the ad has no prices or photos)

    This is a #6:

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    and 2 #5's: (the Stanley is said to have a fixed handle and some welds)
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    SO if you were going to get one of these planes, which would it be? I'm not looking for a specific type of plane- right now I only have a block plane so anything new, I would use at some point. I just want to try my hand at turning something into a user- doesn't have to be collectible or special or fancy, I just want it to make shavings... any advice will be much appreciated.
    Last edited by ggwoodsmurf; 09-17-2012, 08:09 AM. Reason: added photos and additional info
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    Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

    Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

    Do you need one? If so and the handle is the only issue on both of them, that is an easy enough fix, but if they need more it may be a few more bucks and a lot of time to fix up. Value wise, that isn't amazing price on them, but about what you expect to see these days. If you are just buying it for its most common purpose (initial sizing) then it won't need to be tuned to quite the degree you would a dedicated smoother so that makes it easier, and if you want it for smoothing, you should be looking for a smaller No.4 or the like which is also super common and deals all over.

    There is no real collector value in a No.5 as there were so many made. If you want it truly for a worker, you could probably spend some time and find intact, ready to use examples for that same type of dollar or close to it, but still it isn't a horrible price.

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      Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

      Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

      Thanks Bob!

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        Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

        #5s are common. I would be tempted by the Bailey in the last set of photos (Beside the one that is all red). The #6 is also a nice plane.

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          Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

          Do you know anything about the red sides on the 6? I don't think I've ever seen one painted like that before. Any thoughts on what I should offer for either the 6 or the 5?
          Last edited by ggwoodsmurf; 09-17-2012, 09:34 AM.

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            Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

            Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

            Originally posted by Scott View Post
            #5s are common. I would be tempted by the Bailey in the last set of photos (Beside the one that is all red). The #6 is also a nice plane.
            I never saw all those pics before... lol! I too would jump on the No.6 and personally move on past the No.5's, but we all like different stuff right?

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              Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

              Re: Two Old Bailey #5C Planes - Should I Get One?

              If you can use a #5, you can't really go wrong with a Type 11. Replacing/repairing the tote is at worst a small scrap project. The most likely cause of a loose tote is just a little bit of wood shrinkage, if you gently shorten the screw with a grinder it will probably be fine.

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