Old tools have become collectors items, and planes have a serious appeal to collectors, so somebody like me who is looking for quality older planes to put to use finds himself competing with collectors. A fellow who works at a used tool store in town told me that he has 100 planes in his collection at home, so I am not expecting to find any amazing deals on fine old planes in his store.
It is a Stanley, labelled "Stanley Handyman" and with "Made in USA" in front of the rear handle. Some nitwit painted much of the top of the plane yellow and the handles a funky orange brown. Overall length is about 9 and 1/2 inches.
I believe this is a Stanley H1204, and if that is true, it is probably a version of their #4 bench plane. The Handyman series was a lower priced series, and given that mine is in mediocre condition it isn't worth much (they sell for about $20 on Ebay in nicer condition). But, it is a useable plane, and could be a lot more usable with a little work. It is 9 3/4 by 2 7/16 in size, with a 2 inch wide cutting edge.
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