Bailey hand plane dating
A lot of these planes are broken at the vertical rib so it was a weak design and it was soon abandoned.
Compiled from various sources on line, Notably from Walter, Leach and Sutherland. You can see the screws in question on frog pic above No 5 to No 8 sizes have squared edge on front of raised receiver for tote Special frog piece attached to a vertical rib Probably designed by Bailey because it is similar to his "Victor' planes in Hartford.If you're at all fascinated with handplane design, follow this link to read all about the Better Moustraps smoother.This stuff is applicable to all Stanley bench planes of the basic Bailey design (as well as those that incorporate the Bailey patents such as the Bed Rocks), and comes from my observances of thousands of these planes.tip of Y lever is no longer rounded Frog receiver is enlarged but still low and milled low.The number 73 is often cast in bed behind frog receiver is apparently just a foundry's casting code, because No 2 planes of same vintage have the number 71 cast there.However, the patent drawing for the change shows what I believe is the real reason for the change - the circular disk, on the lower end of the lateral adjustment lever, loses its ability to engage the slot provided for it (in the cutter) when the iron is nearly used up.
By relocating the circular hole toward the bottom of the cutter, the iron can be used right up to the slot, without sacrificing the advantage gained from the lateral adjustment lever. nut in most planes of this type have left hand threads Notice this is the first time we mentioned the Left hand threads rotation?
The No 5, 6, 7 and 8 planes being longer had their plane Nos cast at the heel versus the toe when Bailey appeared (in part 2).
No 1 is excluded, No 2 and 3 follow pretty well the same features except were the lack of room precludes some casting marks etc.
This plane was designed to smooth small areas and was found practical by many since it can be used with one hand, much like a block plane is.
It never has a number cast on it, nor was it ever provided a lateral adjustment lever.
The plane always has a solid brass nut for the iron's depth adjustment; i.e., the brass nut does not have the hollow depression that is typically found on the nuts used on the larger bench planes.