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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 08-18-2012 08:15 PM 2609 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2012 08:15 PM

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I have a “set’ of Handyman Bench Planes. I have tuned them up, shined them up, and now, they are ready for a “Family Portrait”....

The H1203 (#3 size) the H1204 (#4) and a H1205 jack. Other than a few block planes, this was it for Handyman Planes. I said I had tuned them up? Tune up a Handyman? Can it even be done

The H1204, on a piece of 1×1 Beech….

The H1203, on the same piece of Beech, and

The H1205, working on a different side of that piece of Beech.

A fancy Sharpening System? A High dollar set of stones?? A powered sharpening system?? Nope.

Just some sandpaper, some Emery cloth, an old oil stone, with a MKI Veritas Guide ( high $$$ there) and a little elbow grease and time. Another look at these three Amigos??

You know, maybe IF I take one of my two Stanley #120s, paint it gray and Black, and call it a Handyman Block plane???? Nah, those two are safe.

Besides, they are trying to hide out with the other Block planes….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 08:37 PM

Yes, a Handyman Smooth Plane, H1204, purchased for $6.45 in 1948 for my father to help doors close more easily and not used much since till I began to tune it some this past year; can actually turn out ribbons of gauze. I was suprised. I still look to my Stanley #4 for most work. Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 02:13 AM

I think I have a Handyman block plane. I haven’t even tried to tune it.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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