Whether you are a collector or a user of planes I think its safe to say that no one is interested in a common bench plane that has been welded back together. I was never interested in a welded plane either until I got this Stanley #4 type 9 that had been welded back together on both sides.
A couple weeks ago I picked up this #4 Stanley plane and my original plan was to use it as a parts plane. After looking it over I changed my mind and decided to fix it up as a user even though it had been welded.
Someone liked this plane enough to spend the time to weld it so they didn’t want to just throw this plane away. It might sound strange but I am sure who ever welded this plane would be happy to know his broken welded plane has been fixed up and will continue to live on.
When cleaning it up I discovered the plane had been welded with brass. I actually think it looks pretty neat with the brass weld. I sanded and polished the sides and refinished the knob and tote. The rest of the plane was just cleaned. I lapped the sole, sharpened the blade and the welded plane is taking fine shavings just like my planes that are not welded. I really like this one. It has a story and I am happy that I didn’t split it up for parts. Its earned a special spot in my shop…
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"