I picked this No. 5 up at an estate sale. I was scrounging around in a dungeon, and a guy handed it to me, he said he didn't need another 5, but those of you who know me, know I can't pass up an old Stanley. Not even one this ugly.
In case you didn't see that replacement tote, here it is up close and personal:
But the plane was made in the third quarter of 1937 [the date is stamped on the blade], and it has good bones. It's a type 16, which ain't chopped liver. [Still pretty good.]
So since it needs a new tote, I decided to make tote and knob out of cherry. They are coming along, and the plane has been taken apart, cleaned oiled, and soon to be lapped. I'll post pictures tomorrow of the new wood.