This small pocket sized plane is probably used more then any of the planes in my shop. The plane is what I suppose you could call a cheap plane. The blade depth adjustment is a pain in the ass and the plane chatters and chokes very quickly if your blade is not set just right. However once you get the hang of the blade adjustment and once you know the limits of this plane it is extremely handy for small jobs and touch ups. The planes size make it very easy and comfortable to hold or keep in your pocket. I have found this plane most useful when making small boxes or other smaller projects. It is also very useful for touching up projects that have been assembled where a full size block plane is just to big.
I picked up this plane for a dollar or two but it was in very rough shape. Most guys probably would not have taken the time that I did to bring this cheap plane back to life but I like a challenge. The plane was rusted and covered with over spray from different spray paints. You could tell this was a well used plane. This plane was originally japaned black over the whole body but decided to sand and polish the sides rather then re-painting them. I think it looks a lot better that way. The rest of the body was painted using the same paint and methods that I have discussed in earlier blogs. I also lapped the sole flat as I do with all of my planes.
The only downside with the restoration of this plane was that the blade was shot. The blade was badly pitted from rust and there was no way for it to become usable again. So the search was on for a replacement blade so I could get this plane back to use. I checked a few places and found that Woodcraft had a IBC replacement blade for the 103 sized plane. The blade was expensive but I all ready went this far with this cheap plane so why not go all out. The new blade is a lot thicker so I had to file the mouth of the plane a little bit so that it would take the new blade right.
All in all its a very handy plane that serves its purpose.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"