A few years ago I picked up an old plane at a tool shop in Connecticut. And by old, I mean old. I think I remember there's a date stamp of 1848 on the plane body, but maybe it was earlier than that?
At the time, I made a few inquiries to see if it was worth anything (I paid like 12 bucks for it). The answer came back "no", so it's a user. The problem was that the blade is so big I had no way to sharpen it.
Well, I didn't, until I saw Glenn's cool worksharp station and figured I should make one of my own. I was thinking about how to make the riser he made for his, when I figured I'd better look in the box and see what all I had. Low and behold, in the bottom of the box, there was a wide blade attachment! Well, well!
As you can see, I'd been playing with my worksharp. That's a jointer I sharpened, and then I just had to flatten my bench a little.
So, here's the user, pretty much in pieces:
I got all the rust off the blade
And had to make a new disk out of some 60 grit I had around.
Worked like a dream, but took a while.
Half an hour (and several grits later) curlies!
Et Voila, a "new" user!