I managed to get my first 3 Stanley planes all today. I received a Stanley No 4 (left) today from an eBay auction I won. Then as I was out today I passed by an antique mall and found more planes than I’ve ever seen anywhere around here. So I picked up 2 more, both seem to be No 3s. One is a Stanley Handyman (middle) and the other is a Stanley Bailey No 3 (right).
I’m pretty stoked to get these things all set up and put them to work. That was the first time I had seen the “Handyman” model. The size looks identical to the Bailey No 3 I bought. It looks newer, but hopefully it’s still be decent.
Joey -> Lanexa, VA
Oh interesting, good to know I guess. It looks pretty solid. Of course as I’ve been following Paul, he says over and over that you can basically do everything you need with the No 4, so I’ll probably start off by getting that one tuned and see how it works for me. I just really like owning these. I can see how it can be very addicting to buy lots of them for a variety of reasons. 🙂
Joey -> Lanexa, VA
I have an old hand-me-down Handyman 4-1/2.. I’ve followed Pauls methods both with fettling (including the ruler) and sharpening and can peel less than 2 thou… pretty good by my standards. I have also just added a number 3 Stanley which I may sharpen as a scrub plane – but it may not have the mass. And a made in England old Footprint which I think I will really like once I get the chance to tune it up. Funny how it does not take very long to become an ‘expert’ on your own tools – I think that’s half the battle – knowing YOUR tools. good luck.
Hey Joey, i also have a Stanley handyman n0 4 ,the difference between this one and my old Stanley Baily is that the frog is totally different and you can’t adjust it as easily as the one on the Baily.
The second difference on my Handyman in comparison with my Baily is that the opening of the mouth is much wider.
I use my Handyman now for medium to rough removal and my Baily for smoothing and that works great for me.
Have fun with your new planes.
Lopik - Netherlands
If you want to find out more than you ever wanted to know about Stanley planes go to ” Patrick’s Blood and Gore.com” Unfortunately, I’ve not seen anything about the handyman planes. I have an old handymam that my father had which I haven’t started to work on yet, too busy trying to keep up with Paul.
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