Leonard Bailey (born 1825-05-08 in Hollis, New Hampshire; died 1905-02-05 in New York City) was a toolmaker/inventor from Massachusetts who in the mid-to-late nineteenth century patented several features of woodworking equipment. Year 1825 ( MDCCCXXV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common Events 589 - Reccared summons the Third Council of Toledo 1450 - Jack Cade's Rebellion: Kentishmen Hollis is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. Year 1905 ( MCMV) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Events 1576 - Henry of Navarre converts to Roman Catholicism in order to ensure his right to the throne of France. The City of New York The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Woodworking is the process of building making or carving something using Wood. Most prominent of those patents were the planes manufactured by the Stanley Rule & Level Co. (now Stanley Works) of New Britain, Connecticut. The Stanley Works ( (known casually as simply Stanley) is a manufacturer of Tools and Hardware headquartered in New Britain Connecticut New Britain is a city in Hartford County, Connecticut, US. It is located approximately 9 miles (14 km southwest of Hartford.
Commonly known as "Stanley/Bailey" planes, these planes were prized by woodworkers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and remain popular by today's wood craftsman. A type study of his patented planes and the rest of the Stanley line may be found at Patrick Leach's Blood and Gore.
His design ideas are still utilized by Stanley and other plane manufacturers to this day.
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