Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 1
September 2007
 
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Diagram from the Bayley's core box plane patent.


Shown here is an example of a Bayley's core box plane, patented on February 9,1904, by John E. McCauley of Springfield, Ohio. William D. Bayley was assigned one-half of the patent. Planes of this type have been found with two types of markings: "WM BAYLEY CO SPRINGFIELD O", and an identical casting marked "G.I.C. SPRINGFIELD O". William Bayley and Co. of Springfield, Ohio, produced both planes. The initials "G.I.C." represent the Grey Iron Casting Co., which William Bayley controlled. That company existed prior to producing this plane. After 1905, the company became known as William Bayley and Co.


Bayley's core box plane.


Supposedly, about 5,000 of these planes were manufactured according to the two known configurations. The plane is not classed as rare; in fact, it is found with surprising frequency.

D.S. Orr


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