Like her namesake, this one was
due for the scrapheap.
But as she sailed into this Kentish harbor, she was put in dry
dock assessed by Able Seaman ALFIE! as being restorable. And so
we set about repairs.
This is one untouched example of this fine No.27. And I love the
age. I am sure this must be one of the early ones. It has
issues... but so would you after over 100 years!
Oh what a lovely form this plane has... art... pure art!
Now I'm relying on you guys over the Pond to give me guidance on
the history and age of this No.27 Bailey. I feel I am going to
need all the help I can get on this restoration!
My friend Robertnalison Accardo send me this message:
#27 Jack plane 15"L, 2 1/8"W,
This plane and the #27 1/2 both
have irons that are non-standard widths and do not have
equivilent width irons in the metallic planes. This plane's
iron, at 2 1/8" wide, might be considered by some to be an
odd dimension, but when this plane made its debut bench
plane irons were commonly sized by the 1/8".
#27 1/2 Jack plane 15"L, 2
1/4"W, 4 3/4lbs, 1898-1934.
Hey, if Stanley can make a
fractional metallic bench plane, they surely could do the
same with the wood bottom. And, they did, but they never
delved into the 1/4's like they did with the bench and block
planes. Yow, did they pull some stupid stuff! Maybe they
foresaw the rabid collectors coming down the pike?
The iron on this plane is often
pilfered for the more valuable early models of the #5 1/2
and #605 1/2 (and their corrugated versions) as
replacements. Stanley made a blunder when they designed
these early versions of the metallic planes, and it's common
to find these two planes with irons that have the later
notched rectangle logo.
While certainly not rare, this
plane is the most difficult to find of the common
transitionals. From the
Works of Patrick Leach