Actually found a few items
Actually got some change back from the twenty dollar bill I gave them, a whopping fifty cents back. Didn’t have enough to buy a second plane that was sitting there, but I think that big guy might just work out.
saw set was a bit older, but so are most of my handsaws. Block plane base is a Stanley #18 1/4, but the cap iron is even close to it.
Now, about that big plane. Says right on the front end that it is a Stanley No. 31. 24” long. Tote was missing some wood, dark stain up front. Dirty and just a hair rusty. We can fix that.
Got the iron works all free of rust, got the black paint restored, brass parts shined up. Got to checking the iron itself..
A cambered iron isn’t that big a deal on these planes, but this camber was “sideways”. Ground a new edge, making it square across, polished the back as well
Figured I could then take a test drive with the iron…. hmm digging into the board on the left side? Lateral lever all the way over to the side, didn’t help. Something is wrong here. Got to looking at the bottom of the plane. Right side was worn down a ways, but not the left side. Squared that up, and tried to get rid of some of the bad area on the toe
That wasn’t just from wear and tear, looked like it had gotten wet. Checked over the mouth opening as well..
Seems it was a might off as well. saw to get the opening squared to the sides
then clamp in upright to pare the bed to match
With that done, a test drive on some edge grain pine
Like the new tote? Had a spare sitting around, so I sanded the top down to clear the plane’s lateral lever, redrilled the top hole to accept to Stanley brass nut. Front knob is a stand in, while I repaired the original knob. Everything looking and working good, applied a coat of BLO to the woodwork, and set aside to dry.
Looks a little better now, don’t it?
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