This will be my first go at restoring a wooden bodied hand plane. In the pics you’ll see it’s an older Stanley wooden bodied plane that is rusted up pretty bad. I can handle the rust issue with electrolysis like I’ve done many times before. As I’m typing this there are parts in the bath and last night I did the iron/blade….which is pitted pretty bad.
But what concerns me are the checks in the wooden body and layers of gunk built up on the wood. In your humble opinion(s) what is the best way to restore this, or should I even try. Just leave it as is? I suspect getting the sole flat, edges square, and restoring the beauty of the wood is the challenging part but will I destroy the integrity of the plane in the process?
Your opinions please!
-- Just a man with his chisel.........