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  1. The 1205 Handyman Jack plane can make a better than average scrub plane for rapid stock removal and initial flattening of a board. The irons are reasonably thick and the castings are generally solid, just a little crude. Not well suited for taking thin shavings, but very well suited for taking thick monster shavings. Keep the Bailey number 5 set up for a little bit finer work. Use the 1205 as a scrub. Grind the blade with a large camber and set it with the mouth nearly wide open. The odd handle on the back is actually larger and is a lot more comfortable for really HEAVY work than the more refined handle on the Bailey line. Not too long ago I took the Bailey that I used as a scrub and swapped it out for the Handyman. The handyman is actually better at it. The Bailey 5 now does more refined work. Most of the trend now is for planes to take gossamer shavings and they have their purpose too, but a lot of people have yet to realize the benefit of having a plane that can knock off 1/16" at a time. The best part about the handyman line is there were a lot of them and you can get them ebay for under $10, even for one in really good shape. They make great beater planes for planing stuff that you normally wouldn't want to touch with your better planes.