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Don W

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 03:23 PM

I don’t mind rust, but it will depreciate the value. Rust can be removed if you don’t mind putting in some time.

Look for breaks and cracks. (thay can hide well sometimes, so look close) Especially around the mouth, but other areas, the frog often breaks around the adjuster. You will see chips around the sides, but if they are small they typically don’t hurt as a user.

Always take the cap off and look underneath. I’ve made the mistake of buying a plane not knowing the blade was broke. Also, you’ll see if the frog is broke that way.

Make sure there is life left in the blade. Replacement blades can be had, but figure that cost in the purchase price if need be.

Cracked broken or missing wood pieces. I don’t mind buying with any of these defects, but purchase price should reflect the repairs needed. Basically if the metal is all there, wood parts can be recreated.

Look at the japanning. Again, it can be replaced if its to bad, but price should be reflected.

Look at part 9 of this for restoration advice
And here is a list of resources
And a place to compare some prices

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