Why bother taking the time to restore this plane? It is not worth anything and you can find many just like it for dirt cheap that are probably in much better shape.
I restored this plane because I knew there were only two options. Either I restore it or the plane ends up getting tossed because I doubt many would have even bothered spending the time that I spent on this thing…
The plane looked like it was possibly re-soled once before. the sole that was on the plane was coming apart at the glue joint and was just in really bad shape. I used a chisel to break off the worn sole. Once the old sole was off I jointed the bottom of the plane and glued on a new wood sole. I used a piece of mahogany mainly because I had a piece the right thickness and size.
After the glue dried I used a plane & rasp to flush the new sole with the body.
Now comes the fun part of chopping out the new mouth. Using chisels I carefully follow the old bed as a guide. You want to be really careful not to chip out the mouth when chopping through. I put a strip of masking tape over the mouth area as I was chopping to help prevent getting chip out.
I then planed and sanded the plane body. As I was doing this I noticed that the horn was a little loose. I decided the best way to tighten it back up was to just run a screw through it. I plugged the screw hole with a mahogany plug.
Finished the plane off with some BLO and paste wax.. Sharpened the iron, tuned the chip breaker and got the plane taking some shavings again.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"