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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 11-24-2012 11:18 PM

The taper you describe is typical wear for a heavily used old plane. Most users drag the plane on the back stroke lifting the rear a bit sometimes and that is probably what caused these worn marks. These are largely harmless because they are small, but you could continue until the sole is completely flat without thinning noticeably.

If you sand until the pits are gone, you will be an old man before you get done. There are experts out there that argue for and against pit removal. On the inexpensive planes you have, if they were mine, I would arrest the rust development, remove what rust is in the pits chemically (Evaporust?) and use wax to prevent future rust.

Check out the hand plane restoration forums and take advantage of the links to references for COMPLETE restoration and tune up tips. Too much info for here.
Good luck,

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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