My closest friend Has a 15year old son who has been working for him for the last summer and has bought himself a lathe and has been putting out some nice projects. I thought I would offer him a project to make a new handle for an old timber slick I’ve had for years and in return I would trade his work for a plane out of my collection. I would have just given him one of his choosing with no strings but, I thought I would play this handle project out to watch his interest and follow thru. This morning I went out in the shop to gather up the slick and handle blank and also pick him out a nice block plane from my collection. I have more than I need and picking out the right one became hard as I picked them up and went through the process of elimination in my mind as how it would perform and the wow factor he might have. I picked thru old Stanley’s, Sargents, Miller Falls, Craftsmans, , Keen Kutters, a Rali and even a LN.,but I eventually decided on my old 90’s Stanley G12-020 that I bought new and can do the job as good or better than any that I have. It’s the one I reach for whether I’m doing edge or end work and holds a good edge. I gave it to him today after Church and I could tell by his reaction that it was the right choice !, and that this cheap inexpensive plane would carry on well into his woodworking future. I’ll miss that old Stanley as I am pretty partial to it but, I know it has been well received and will be used and maybe fall into the hands of some distant future woodworkers hands. So Long, and good luck Mr G12-020 !
-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky