I got this No 4 1/2 from Ebay some time last week with the plan of cleaning it up and offering it up for sale. When it arrived it was in sadder shape than I expected. The iron was from a No4 sized wood plane and was the tapered variety and the chip breaker was from a Sargent (which would not work with this yoke). The tote was from another (larger) handplane and the rear hardware was missing. With some help from a couple of my friends here I got (or am getting) the parts I needed.
I had a heavy old Hudson Tool Company iron that was sharpened to the point where it would almost split an atom. I stole a Chip Breaker and Lever Cap Screw from my beater No6, and the tote was one I had in the bone yard.
The entire plane was soaked in Evaporust then the sole was flattened, and the body cleaned up and polished.
One I got the sole flattened the performance of this plane went through the roof!
Gratuitous Action Shots:
If you think this was a "rag to riches" story, then wait till you see the other plane that I got along with this 4 1/2! It is coated entirely in black glossy paint! (E-YUCK!!). That one will take a bit longer to clean up.
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