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Forum topic by Jackietreehorn posted 02-25-2013 02:32 AM 1295 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2013 02:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley plane

Aside from one of these being a Stanley…I found these at my uncles place, my grandmother used to be into woodworking, I have zero hand plane knowledge. Both look identical to me, and the Stanley one looks nicest and easiest to clean up. That’s said, is it a decent one for someone who has no plane experience? I know there are all types of planes out there so didn’t want to fix up some weird specialty plane not meant for general use.


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#1 posted 02-25-2013 02:46 AM

Well, from the photograph provided, they look like smoothing planes. Probably about 9 or 9 1/2 inches long.
As for them being decent and worthy of restoration: I would say that if the soles of the bodies are not rusted or pitted, there is a good chance they’ll be worth saving. The blades or irons can be replaced, and all the other components look good enough to clean up – the iron cap, the wooden totes or handles, etc.
You can find plenty of resources on this site, and the web, for resources on restoration. Check this out:

Have fun restoring one or both of these.

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 02:54 AM

I recognize the Stanley Handyman, I have the same one. It was considered the standard household plane. Not great but not bad either. Certainly better than anything you could buy at HD or lowes. fixed mine up and it works like a charm.

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 03:43 AM

Post some more pictures of the plane on the top and we can give you a better answer about that one. Are there any markings on it? The top of the iron (blade) probably has something etched on it, but you’d have to clean it just to read it.

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 04:21 PM

There is a little bit of fussy work that you will need to do. Google. “Tuning a hand plane” or , I m guessing that there is a youtube entry or two on the topic.. Should take less than an hour to get it ready to rock and roll.

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#5 posted 02-25-2013 04:57 PM

Just a little wire brushing on the soles and sides, some
wax and hone the iron and you’ll have a very usable
pair of smoothers. They appear complete.

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 05:54 PM

The one that is in worse shape says defiant on the top part. Ill put the Stanley on my to do list for now as it looks like an easier job to get clean


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#7 posted 02-25-2013 06:08 PM

The defiant is also made by Stanley and is a better plane then the handyman. Both are lesser quality than The Stanley-Bailey line, but the Defiance line was pretty close. I’ve had a few Handyman planes that took a lot of work to tune.

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#8 posted 02-25-2013 06:13 PM

That’s not what I wanted to hear ;) you’re supposed to say the easier to clean one is better…


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#9 posted 02-25-2013 06:17 PM

The best I can do is offer some help.

Don’t get me wrong, the handyman can be made to work well, and some are not that bad.

The last one I got I paid $2 for. I have since stated the next time someone offers me a handyman for $2, I’m going to hand him $2 and ask he give it to the next guy that shows interest.

Now …... its worth $2 for the parts, but I just can’t resist the frustration to make it work!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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