Two days ago I finished tuning up an old Stanley 120--about 6 hours,
over 2 or 3 days, to flatten the sole and iron, clean, oil, polish and
sharpen: an exercise to hone my fettling skills, without much
expectation (based on extensive "Stanley B&G" reading).
But...I like it! I like the size and weight, and I really like the
ease of adjusting the blade depth--just move the lever. I used it
today for smoothing exposed end grain on some T&G fir flooring for the
front porch I'm re-building. Regardless of Patrick Leach's low
opinion (which I generally respect) of this admittedly cheap plane,
I'm tickled. Granted, I'll probably only use it for carpentry, not
cabinetry, but the darn thing is pretty good. It'll go in my
carpentry box, sure to become a handy user.