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trice

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2065 days ago

Hey guys, I ran across a Stanley Handyman Plane in a flea mkt. the other day for $15.00 and wanted opinions on it before I buy it. It is in almost like new condition. Its one of the blue ones. I don’t remember the exact model or size, but it was probably like a #3 or #4 jack plane. I am still building a set of hand tools and so far have only 1 plane, a Stanley/Bailey # 5 with corrugated bed, so I don’t have one this size. So should I buy it or just hold out for more Stanley/Bailey planes?

Thanks for you advice.


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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 2065 days ago

I want to preface my response with a disclaimer: I’m not the hand plane expert around here. Hopefully you’ll get suggestions from someone who knows more than me!

#3 and #4 are pretty common. You should be able to find a Bailey pretty easily and not spend a whole lot more on it. I think I’d pass. Now if it was a good deal on a hard-to-find size, I’d grab it. That way I’d at least have one until I could find/afford a better one.

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trice

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#2 posted 2065 days ago

Thanks for your reply. I am leaning towards letting it pass. Just thought I would get some more opinions. It is only $15 bucks though. LOL

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Douglas Bordner

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#3 posted 2065 days ago

I’m with Peter. Look for a pre-war Bailey Jack. Everything you want to know will be at
Patrick's Blood and Gore page
I have also found Sargent planes to be worthwhile with heavy castings. There are no frog adjustment screws that be accessed with the blade and chipbreaker in place, but once set, they work like a champ, and are not as inflated in price as the Baileys.

Also good for finding out what year a Bailey is

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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trice

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#4 posted 2065 days ago

Let it pass = 2
Buy it = 00000

Let it pass is running away with it! LOL

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Quixote

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#5 posted 2064 days ago

I’d pass if you expect to only have a few planes, I’d recomend investing a little more up front for a keeper.

Peter and Douglas are spot on with their advice about better quality available for similiar prices. You’ll have to shop but $15 to $25 is a good range for #3 and #4 baileys on e-bay. Remember to add $10 to $15 on shipping. You’ll be $30 to $40 in to something that you can expect to perform reasonably well.

If it was me (back when I only had one other plane, or today if my wife wasn’t looking over my shoulder)

I’d buy if…

It looks relatively unused or near perfect condition.

You’re right that it’s only $15. It would be worth that for parts. You’ll spend $10 to $15 on shipping alone for buying a decent one on e-bay or Craigs. It’s also a great learning / starter piece in the sense that you dont have a whole lot of cash invested, so you won’t be intimidated to refinish, sharpen, sand grind etc. You can fuss and fiddle without worrying about the cost, and if you want, later on you can resell it for the same $15.

The Handyman series aren’t top of the line, but they’re far more functional than some of the cheap stuff at Harbor Freight that’s nearly impossible to use.

It’s your second piece so it could be educational or simply a space filler for a set. You won’t get hurt.

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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johnpoole

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#6 posted 2064 days ago

voice of decent.. anytime i can by a usuable tool for 15 bucks.. i buy it.. no it’s not a 1200 dollar hand plane, but it’s a tool.. if you only use it a few times, it’s just 15 bucks. the up side to planes, they last forever..

-- it's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime i want

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John Gray

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#7 posted 2064 days ago

I wish I had only $15 in some of the tools I’ve only used once or twice…..router bits come to mind. Buy it if you want it, would make a good project to restore and tune.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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trice

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#8 posted 2064 days ago

Let it pass = 2
Buy it =3

I think I will buy it

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trice

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#9 posted 2063 days ago

Ok, I bought it. Its in awesome shape and should be fun to tune up and play around with. Might even end up having a decent plane.

Oh, and I found an old Craftsman crosscut saw for $2.50. Its in excellent shape. I am not sure, but the handle looks like bakelite to me. Maybe not though. If anyone knows anything about old craftsman saws let me know.

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Dadoo

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#10 posted 2063 days ago

I’ve refinished an old Stanley and an old Sargent…both turned out real nice and both cut that hard maple smooth as silk! You’ll be happy with your purchase.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Quixote

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#11 posted 2063 days ago

Pictures soon?

Q

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 2063 days ago

Trice,
Now you’re on the slippery slope toward Galootism (Gregarious Association of Lovers Of Old Tools).
Be sure and look into these LJ links from Wayne C and David, as well as my humble offering about a Sargent rehab

Have fun! and good luck with your new addiction.

And now for an oddly out of context quote from Tim Gunn of Project Runway… Make it Work!

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-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Quixote

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#13 posted 2063 days ago

I’m still trying to figure out how you did that picture…

Q

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#14 posted 1273 days ago

Hello, new here, but ran across the website while looking up a Handyman plane I picked up the other day, so decided to join. I am also pretty new to finer wood working so apologies in advance for any questions that may be too basic or elementary.
Wanting to round out my shop I have been keeping my eyes open for hand tools, especially planes, calipers, wrenches, squares et cetera. I picked up a couple planes and 2 carpenters squares at an antique shop for a really nice price. Even if the tools are junk they look nice on my mantle. While cleaning the planes I started thinking about why some cost 10 bucks at a flea market and others 150 at nicer shops. What is a hallmark of a plane? Why would one be better than another? And when are you paying more for the brand than actual quality?
I have 5 total at the moment and the construction seems very similar from tool to tool. Regardless, I agree with the comment about a starter piece. It was only 10 bucks so not worried about it getting abused since I haven’t used a hand plane yet.
Thanks for your advice.

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knotscott

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#15 posted 1273 days ago

Hi Kris – Some planes are rare, which makes them expensive, but most aren’t. Sometimes you pay a little dealer profit on a plane, which makes them a bit more expensive, but it’s definitely possible to get what you pay for if you’re selective. Condition, age, type, initial quality level, popularity, etc., are just some of the factors that influence the price of a plane. Last year I wrote a blog about things to look for and things to avoid when buying older handplanes ....it’s just a few tips from an amateur, but you might find some of them helpful. Good luck!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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