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    RE: Handyman plane

    I took apart one of those once and the frog seating was terrible. Maybe that can be improved.

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    RE: Handyman plane

    The Handyman planes were, as the name says, their less expensive weekend handyman line. As Rob said, they can be tuned up and made to work well enough. Their value in money is not very high, but there are values measured in other than money. I'm sure that if you clean it up and tune it up you will get many hours of enjoyment from it. There are any number of tutorials on the internet for refurbishing old planes. [link:home.comcast.net/%7Erexmill/planes101/planes101.htm|This Site] has some good info.

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    RE: Handyman plane

    As has been said, these were Stanley's lowest line of planes. Even so, they can work nicely.

    The Handyman below was given to my wife. You can somehwat see in the first picture how poorly the bedding of the blade is--red jappaning that is all bumpy. Really needs to be filed and or sanding smooth.

    http://wenzloffandsons.com/temp/hand...handy_0004.jpg

    Next is how badly the sole of the plane was as received. This needs smoothed via sanding if for no other reason than to not mar the surface of a board--but it will make the plane easier to push, too.

    http://wenzloffandsons.com/temp/hand...handy_0005.jpg

    However, as in all plane refurbs, I suggested to my wife to sharpen the blade and try it as is. So she sharpened the blade to 200 grit and took a few shavings off of a piece of hard Maple...

    http://wenzloffandsons.com/temp/hand...handy_0001.jpg

    http://wenzloffandsons.com/temp/hand...handy_0003.jpg

    This plane needed no more to work well than mentioned above. Now, the adjuster has more backlash than a better made plane. The rion was swapped for a better Hock blade which requires less honing as the edge lasts longer. The handle had the sharper edges relieved.

    But it doesn't really perform any better. It can now take an even 1 thou shaving versus the 1.5 thou she achieved. And she prefers using the better LN/LV planes. But this one still sees use.

    Take care, Mike

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    Handyman plane

    My dad passed a couple years ago, and I've been hesitant to go through his stuff. I was puttering around in his garage this past weekend and found this plane. It's a little rusty, and really dusty.

    I know very little about planes. The blade says Stanley, Handyman, Made in the USA, No. 1204H. It's maybe 10 inches long.

    Can anybody tell me anything about this plane? Size? Age? Quality? Value? And can anybody point me to instructions on how to refurbish and tune this thing?

    Thanks for any help!



    Jeff


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    RE: Handyman plane

    One of these guys? They tune up well enough, but it takes a little work. I'm not positive, but I think maybe they were made ~1960's. This one is the only smoother I had for a while, and with a sharp blade it worked well enough for me.

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