Harbor Freight Hand Plane Tote Handle Replacement

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Project by TObenhuber posted 07-06-2016 03:04 PM 2151 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am nearing completion of a kitchen remodel and in so suffered a casualty. My Cheap-O harbor freight hand plane’s handle suffered a traumatic injury.

Before you scoff at me and tell me how much this plane sucks. Stand by… I have spent some time sharpening the blade, flattened the necessary surfaces, adjusted the frogs and all of the other things that go into getting a hand plane to shave wood into tiny little wispy shavings. So I have used this plan on pretty much all of my projects since I got it. This casualty didn’t come easy.

What ended up happening is I had been trimming some edges of one of the kitchen projects. Put the plane down. Then life caught up with me mid project and work sent me on travel. Important detail, I forgot to put my tools away. Then low and behold, my lovely wife decided to clean the place up a bit and threw my plane into a bag with a bunch of other tools. Then probably tossed the whole bag into a storage area where we had been leaving our stuff when we weren’t working. When I returned from the trip. I needed the plane for something and saw that it had be serverly damaged. ;) The handle had a chip and the chip was probably long since thrown away and taken out to the curb. Sad day.

So probably not being allowed to go spend a Whopping $15 at HF. I decided I would just replace it. Lee Valley has drawings that can be used for free to make your own for a Stanley #3 (close enough for government work). I did a little reading and decided I would change the grain direction and also use some of my scrap hardwood I milled in another post. A couple drilled holes, a little jig saw action, a lot of sanding/shaping and a bit of patients to get the screw to fit again. Vuala. Good as new. I just rubbed it down with some oil and it is back in action.

If you have also recently suffered from a woodworking family member narrowly surviving death. Check out these plans at Lee Valley I highly recommend it. It was a nice hour or two project and you only need a minimal number of tools and a maximum amount of patience.

Also if you are interested in my other shenanigans. Please stop by my facebook page. Link below.

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Enjoy and be safe with power tools.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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#1 posted 07-06-2016 04:31 PM

That’s an interesting looking project. One I’m going to try. Thanks for the link.

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#2 posted 07-06-2016 07:23 PM

Thanks for the post and the share! will definitely save that resource!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 07-06-2016 09:35 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I had the day off and wanted to try it on my current project. Looks like its good as new.

If the picture messes up here is the link to the full res. Shavings

-- Travis, Virginia,

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#4 posted 07-07-2016 03:40 AM

Very nice. Great job

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#5 posted 08-11-2016 06:04 PM

Would you say that plane meets your needs? I’ve eyeballed it more than a few times.

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#6 posted 08-11-2016 07:19 PM

I would say yes. Its in the rotation on almost every project I do. I generally use it to chamfer edges during finishing. I have used it to rough flatten table tops after laminating before taking the orbital to it to get it finished. Most of all it only $10 at HF.

2 Thumbs up!!!

Sand paper to tune/flatten plane and associated parts.
Make sure the blade is sharp. Not very sharp from factory (AKA China).
Then you can get the whispy shavings displayed above no problem.

The handle did last me a pretty long time. I bought it about 4 years ago. To bad my recent kitchen remodel was pretty rough on it but I say the replacement handle is working out.

-- Travis, Virginia,

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#7 posted 10-28-2016 09:39 PM

Nice work. I find the handle on the HF #33 to be a bit small, so making a slightly larger tote (handle) makes sense anyway. I have mine set up as a scrub plane and it does the job as well as I could ask, given the price.

-- Barry,

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