Tuning and using a $10 Harbor Freight hand plane

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  • #134483
    MartyBacke
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    Here’s a video where I un-box and tuneup a $10 bench plane (~No 3) from Harbor Freight. It ends up taking beautiful shavings.

    #134484
    Joe Kaiser
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    About what size is that plane? A #3?

    I’m asking because I have a #3 without a rear tote, and I wonder if it would fit

    Seattle, WA

    #134485
    MartyBacke
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    Yes, it’s essentially a No 3.

    #134494
    Matt McGrane
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    Very interesting Marty. Thanks for that. Though I don’t think I’ll be running out for one …

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #136085
    yehyeh
    Participant

    Thanks for sharing this Marty, very interesting results!

    #136841
    STEVE MASSIE
    Participant

    Thanks for sharing, nice job on the re-hab. Good to know though you buy one of those cheapie’s and make it have way decent and use it for what you suggested. I won’t use my good planes on ply or MDF either.

    I also like how you adapted those pony clamps to your HF clamps, I used thin plywood and used double face tape whhich has worked so far.

    Steve

    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    #136842
    MartyBacke
    Participant

    Thanks for the comments.

    #137595
    David B
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    Guy did a nice job and $10 isn’t much…but I dislike the adjustment settings for this plane–after all of the hard work to flatten the sole and get the iron square, the adjustment mechanism of a Spokeshave seems so imprecise…

    #137943
    jeffpolaski
    Participant

    Nope, being a Harbor Freight habitue’, I’ve become familiar with their numbering systems. 33 is not the equivalent of a No. 3, as in a Stanley smoothing plane. They simply want to see if any customers will ask for a No. 32, a No. 25, or even a No. 16, to see if they can get a hand plane cheaper than the Harbor Freight 33. I’ve never seen the No. 33 on sale, so maybe sometime, somewhere, someone might get a bargain

    In the meantime, thank you for the tuneup video. I’ll see if it can help my grandfather’s Stanley No.3. It might not help; it wouldn’t hurt. I’ll keep looking next to the Aldi chisels. We can watch and see how low a price point can go.

    😉

    #137945
    MartyBacke
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    I agree it’s not a #3, but his question was how big it was, and I do think it’s closest to a #3 size wise. Thanks for your comments.

    Nope, being a Harbor Freight habitue’, I’ve become familiar with their numbering systems. 33 is not the equivalent of a No. 3, as in a Stanley smoothing plane. They simply want to see if any customers will ask for a No. 32, a No. 25, or even a No. 16, to see if they can get a hand plane cheaper than the Harbor Freight 33. I’ve never seen the No. 33 on sale, so maybe sometime, somewhere, someone might get a bargain

    In the meantime, thank you for the tuneup video. I’ll see if it can help my grandfather’s Stanley No.3. It might not help; it wouldn’t hurt. I’ll keep looking next to the Aldi chisels. We can watch and see how low a price point can go.

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    Nope, being a Harbor Freight habitue’, I’ve become familiar with their numbering systems. 33 is not the equivalent of a No. 3, as in a Stanley smoothing plane. They simply want to see if any customers will ask for a No. 32, a No. 25, or even a No. 16, to see if they can get a hand plane cheaper than the Harbor Freight 33. I’ve never seen the No. 33 on sale, so maybe sometime, somewhere, someone might get a bargain

    In the meantime, thank you for the tuneup video. I’ll see if it can help my grandfather’s Stanley No.3. It might not help; it wouldn’t hurt. I’ll keep looking next to the Aldi chisels. We can watch and see how low a price point can go.

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    #137956
    Gary BALCOM
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    I purchased one of these as well. I think it wouldn’t make a good smoother. You’re better off picking up a garage sale #3 or #4. But in 30 minutes of work, this plane makes a great scrub plane. All you need to do is put a nice radius on the cutting edge. The mouth is already huge, so no work there. This little thing has become my thickness planer.

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