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#1 posted 01-12-2019 02:36 PM

For $40 you didn’t get screwed, for the whole package. I guessing the handyman is a block plane and the 9” one would be a No.4 plane. In good condition I’d be willing to pay $25 for the pair, but I’m not a dealer or serious collector, all of mine are users. These two are the two most useful planes that you can get, you might want to keep an eye out for a Stanley No.5 Jack Plane that can also be very useful, but be careful. don’t fall down the rabbit hole of buying every plane you see, because all of a sudden you’ll be looking at a shop full of planes wondering what the hell happened – DAMHIKT

Best next step for you is to get equipped and set up for sharpening which is a vital step to minimize the frustration of using a plane. Lots of folks on You-tube with tutorials and many mixed opinions of whether to do it by hand or use a jig, but you know what they say about opinions. I have an ancient handheld electric plane but have never had a project that needed it, I mostly prefer to the better control of using a sharp non-electric one, the electric ones can be very aggressive and IMO are best for rough work.

Clamps, well there is truth that you can never have too many, and I do have some of the Irwin QG clamps that were early acquisitions, but for one handed adjustable clamps, I really prefer the Bessey Duoklamps for superior grip and clamping force.

Welcome to the forum, there’s great knowledge here from some VERY skilled pros that are always helpful, don’t worry about being “good at it” it takes a fair bit of practice but that’s half the fun, I started with a cordless drill and a circular saw, enjoy the journey and make every piece better than your last & you’ll find it rewarding.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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