|Forum topic by xardoz||posted 02-16-2012 03:55 PM||2138 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
02-16-2012 03:55 PM
A little bit of background: I’ve been getting into repairing and rebuilding guitars over the last year, and I’m getting ready to do my first complete build. To that end, I started investigating the tools and techniques I’d need and I realized I was going to need at least one plane. I was going to get a new one from a hardware store, but then I found a great thread on plane restoration over at the MyLesPaul.com forums, and eventually my research led me here.
I’ve picked up a Fulton from eBay. It’s complete, but dirty and there’s some rust. The iron is also dead dull. The first two pictures are from the auction. I may have gotten suckered here, but my thinking was “Hey, the decal is still on the tote, so it can’t have seen much use.” Dumb me, that doesn’t mean it was stored properly.
Here’s the sole:
This seems to be surface rust, but there may be some pitting. The iron & chip breaker / curler assembly:
But flip them over and take them apart . . . Again, rust, but it doesn’t seem to be too deep.
There are no markings on this plane, other than the decal on the tote and these under the frog:
The mouth seems clean and there’s no cracking. It looks like it was used a few times, then put away Overall length is about 9.25”, and the width of the sole is 2.125”
I’m sure it’s not a collectors item, so I’d like to return it to full functionality as a workhorse plane. I’m pretty confident that I can eliminate the rust and keep the surfaces flat and true.
So my questions are: