Bailey Smoothing Plane #04 by Stanley  Zoom

Bailey Smoothing Plane #04 by Stanley

Item #: 11057
$64.99
Each In Stock

Overview

The Stanley Model 12-904 Bailey® Smoothing Plane is a fine general-purpose bench plane. It has a cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and 9-3/4" long bottom. It features a fully machined and polished double-iron cutter and lever, and the 2" wide cutter is made from hardened, tempered steel for durability. The solid brass cutter-adjustment knob allows precise control of depth and alignment, and the frog seat is machined for precise mouth adjustment. A quick-release cam lock makes iron removal easy. Contoured, polished high-impact polymer handles and knobs offer comfort and durability. Honing recommended before use.

Tech Spec

Brand Stanley
Manufacturer Part Number 12-904
Weight (lbs) 4.0700
Type Smoothing Plane

Technical Details:

  • Gray, cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and 9-3/4" long bottom
  • Durable epoxy coating provides long-lasting protection
  • Hardened, tempered steel gives precision-ground cutter edge durability
  • Fully machined and polished double-iron cutter and lever
  • Frog seat is machined for precise mouth adjustment
  • Cutter adjusts for depth and alignment, offering precise control
  • Solid-brass cutter-adjustment knob
  • Quick-release cam lock makes iron removal easy
  • Kidney-shaped hole in lever cap helps secure cutter in place
  • Contoured, polished high-impact polymer handles and knobs
  • 2" wide cutter
  • Honing recommended before use

Reviews

Customer Reviews

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I recently purchased this model, and...

Bryan W from Spokane, WA Posted February 8, 2011
I recently purchased this model, and within 2 hours while was also grilling chicken, I had this set up and functioning ideally. Like the previous review, I found the sole not flat, but that is common in Stanley planes dating back to the 60's. The casting process introductes internal stresses that change over the early life of a casting, the green phase. For this reason many old engine block manufactures let their casting "season" for a period of time outside before they send them out for machining to ensure dimmensional accuracy. Planes are no different. It seems that they are a little green when they are machined, probably due to trying to cut down on inventory I would guess. It is possible at this time, that the casting may still be green and may need a second flattening later.I digress, I had mine flat with about an hours worth of work. Lots of methods exist, I used my table saw top with some spray adhesive on the back of successive grits of sandpaper...I didn't have glass handy. Tip: Get good sandpaper for the task, it will make your job a whole lot easier. They come with a 25 deg. bevel on the cutting iron, and state in the instructions to hone this to 30 degrees. This took minimal time. I rounded the corners, as I am going to use it for smoothing. The frog was close, but again with carefull use of a file, and some jigging on my workbench, I had this flat and making great contact in little time. Wisp thin continuous ribbon cutting is possible and not all that difficult to achieve.I needed a tool, not a peice of artwork for my shop and this is going to work perfectly for my tasks. If anyone without experience were to go pick it up and try to take off mill marks from my jointer, they would find it up for the task.Great value for the dollar, and if you educate yourself on how to properly set it up for your use, and have some basic skills with a file and sandpaper you will find this tool very well suited for your use.If you ware looking for an heirloom and one tuned perfectly from the manufacture, this may not be what you are looking for. The value of that added cost was not there in the high end planes in my opinion. I would however use one if it was given to me.

Like the previous reviewers stated, Stanley...

Lee D S from Fruitport, MI Posted May 5, 2011
Like the previous reviewers stated, Stanley planes need a good amount of work before they are ready for what they are designed for. Without an adjustable mouth, it's impossible to create a very fine opening 1/64 " which is what you want on a smoothing plane. I should have paid a little more and bought a Sweetheart version of this plane.

A Stanley like the #4 is...

David S from Morgantown, WV Posted November 1, 2010
A Stanley like the #4 is a good tool in process. It requires considerable tuning to make it work well. For me, an intermediate woodworker and tool sharpener, it took an entire afternoon to turn it into a pleasurable instrument. I had the same experience several years ago with a Stanley #7. Lapping the sole of the #4 took 1.5 hours and a lot of sandpaper. Do not believe Stanley when it tells you on the box that the sole is flat. My biggest complaint was the poor machining on the back of the frog, since the mating of the frog with the plane body is so important.I knew I was getting a plastic knob and tote with this model, but I hope my grandson will still want it when I am gone. Most of the pain in getting off tool marks and putting on a mirror surface is a one-time event. I now have a good plane for a third or fourth the cost of a premium model.

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