Ok, first rust hunt of this season is done. Picked up an old Plow plane for less than$15
Kind of nasty, though
That metal stril is called the skate. Shouldd be a nice, bright, and shiny steel, NOT a rusty slab of…
The wedges were…eh, ok
Wasn’t any cutter/iron in it. The wedge for the cutter was only half there. The other wedges made getting this plane apart a bit of a bother. You see, they are shaped in reverse. tap on the bulb end to LOOSEN the wedge, drive the wedge OUT to tighten it. All over this plane was a thick coat of varnish, even the metal parts.
Got the fence off. Here is a fuzzy look at them wedges
. The sole of the plane was a bit worn down. Took a Wards #78 Rebate plane along the skate, to try and flat it a bit, and at least get it level and square.
As for an iron, had an old Harbour Freight 1/4” chisel, the ones with that yellow plastic handles. Ground the handle off, and ground down the flared sides of the chisel. kept a tub of water handy to cool things down. Also a pairof Visegrips finger clamps to hold it, instead of my burnable fingers. Still need to fire up the dremel and cut a “V” groove on the back of the iron. Seems to fit ok
Started to try and clean up the skate a bit
This might take awhile… Hopefully those screws will come out..
Stay tuned, someday I might just make a groove in a board with this plane..
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