Well, it had to happen. I started cleaning the rust off the base of the plane getting it ready for filing and sandpaper, and I noticed a couple of pitting spots I hadn’t noticed before. I couldn’t easily get the gunk off, so I had to get pretty aggressive with a wire brush. I did get all of the scaling off, but underneath were a a pretty gunky arc of pits down one side of the plane. I should have guessed that is what was under the flaky rust spots. I forgot to take pictures, but it looks like more work ahead than I thought.
While I was at it, I also noticed the sole was out of flat left to right along the sole of the plane. Not really sure how that happened, but I am leaning toward re-machining the sole to get things right once and for all. We’ll have to see, and obviously some pitting won’t make a difference in performance, but it does warrant a minor grumble.
Still, I’m not daunted! Hopefully I will have time to pick up a new blade tomorrow and finish regrinding/machining the base this weekend. You never know, but it would be great if I had it for a project I am working on with a friend on Saturday. . .
Hmm. . . . What do I have to do tonight again??? :)
-- David from Indiana --