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Old 03-20-2014, 01:03 AM   #1
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I just got this today....and I'm betting BigJim knows the answer....

I followed the hyperkitten site on Stanley planes...but I can't nail it down...there are no numbers cast into this guy.

It's about 12" long




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That looks like a Craftsman to me. Basically the same as a Stanley No. 5 Jack. Does the lever cap have anything cast into it? Pretty sure you didn't hit the lottery but that can be cleaned up into a pretty nice and usable plane.

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Here ya go Dawg:
http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com...ur-hand-plane/

Some planes are not collectibles but make great users. I am not a collector but love to use the older planes. Once cleaned, sharpened and tuned it will be a real pleasure to use. Many of the older tools can take the place of many of the costlier tools of today and do a much better job.
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A shame that they cared so little for it to let it get that way.

With a lot of T L C it will make a treasure .

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Here is one on ebay. Much better condition, still in cardboard box.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Craftsman-14...-/231181222127

His buy it now price is $24. Great deal for anyone looking.

(not trying to discourage ddwag from reconditioning his)
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I'm not discouraged....I'll be restoring it to original condition. I'm trying to figure out when it was made so I can restore it correctly....

And then I'll use it....

It's not like I have a lot of money invested in it....
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"Handyman" planes were the consumer line produced by Stanley. Their "Bedrock" and "Bailey" planes were the top shelf products, but the Handyman planes weren't terrible. Usually a step behind in features and they don't necessarily follow the same logic in features that the top lines do, so it's not really possible to date a "Handyman" using the on line dating flow charts. You'll find that the iron is not as heavy, the frogs are smaller and a bit more fragile and the finish not quite as nice. With the light frog design, you may get some chatter, but with some TLC and proper tuning and use, they are OK.
Here's alink to a "Handyman" discussuion.

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Thanks Maintenance......I was just reading that link you posted when I saw you post....

It looks like I have a #5....maybe...

I need to clean it up and see if I can find any more details on it.
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A number 5 will be about 14" long with a 2" wide cutter. Stanley's original numbering system sort of became the sizing standard for everybody else. That and Stanley made a lot of planes that were relabelled for 3rd parties using the same numbering/size scheme. 4s and 5s are by far the most common and easily found. (I'm still waiting to stumble into a Stanley #1 at a reasonable price ). I have John Walter's Stanley Book. I'll see if there is any information in there that may interest you.
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I bet you would like my Stanley #2 that I restored.....and it was given to me as well...

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I have a number 2. Little older than that. It's in the display case with lots of other ones that aren't users. They're retired . Not much in Walter's book referring to "Handyman" planes. I only see one listed and that looks like a scrub plane. You have to be careful restoring some of those, you can ruin the value with too much restoration.
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Another thing they don't have is the rose wood handles, that is a #5.

I would love to have a #1 also, but people are way to proud of them, I have seen some of them go for $1,500, that is too rich for my blood.

OhMike here on the forum gave me a #46 Stanley in totally perfect shape still in the box and all the cutters. Money couldn't buy that plane, I absolutely love it.
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Thanks Jim--That tool had your name on it---All I did was send it to you.

My pride is an old Baily number 8---I bought it new about 40 years ago---New? Hardly--the old hardware store must have had it on a shelf for 20 years before I bought it---a long plane like that one is very useful---
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Nice find! Valuable just by its' presence, regardless of market value. Except for one very old one that is strictly eye candy these days and a couple of "kickers" in the truck, I always store my shop planes on their sides. Not sure where I picked that up, probably my dad, but even if I'm just setting them down to grab a sip of coffee or whatever, it's automatic to lay them down that way, to avoid knicking the knives.
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I didn't know Stanley had a handyman line. Cool find. I had a No. 5 that belonged to my grandfather that got placed in the wrong box and put in a garage sale. Sold for $5. Man I was upset over that one. Still have the rest of his planes that I try to take out and use once in a while.

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