I made fun of a Stanley 4 1/2 C plane on Ebay. It looked terrible in all ways to me at the time. So somewhat impulsively, I bid $42 max and later won it for $35.89 and $14 shipping.
My impulse was based purely on three “reasonings:
1) I need a 4 1/2 to nearly fill my collection (I still lack a #1),
2) I have been wanting to repair a tote, and
3) My next restore (even though I’m not through with my first) will be done by electrolysis (even though the Evapo-Rust worked extremely well on the current project) and this is a crusty candidate.
So here are pictures of “Scroat” BEFORE
-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia