A few weeks ago, Jim Burr asked if anybody wanted to try resurrecting a couple nearly dead planes he had, and I volunteered.
Here’s what they looked like when he sent them: (Picture inserts aren't working right for me. Please click on the thumbnails at the bottom of the page.)
…and here’s what they looked like after several hours in a citric acid bath:
Surprisingly, the japanning/paint on both planes was pretty good. The metal pitting on both of them was actually minor, and in places where it didn’t affect function.
Soles were fairly flat, once cleaned, and a few minutes on the granite slab, with sheet abrasives, pretty well flattened them.
A good flattening on the backs, and sharpening on the fronts, of the blades, and both planes were quite functional.
There was also a #54 spokeshave in the box, so I refurbed it, too. It was a really nice little shave (I was tempted to keep it! ).
I was pretty happy with the finished refurbs, and apparently Jim was, too.