While waiting for another store to open, I browsed through an antique store today and stumbled across this plane. The front knob is missing and the tote is missing part of the top and has a poorly done repair on a previous break. It was very rusty and most of the adjustments were pretty much frozen up. But the tag said '$7.50' so i bought it. I don't really know that much about planes but wanted to try to bring it back to life. I took it to the shop and saturated it with penetrating oil. Started with steel wool and quickly switched to 320 grit paper. Added lots of elbow grease and after a while, a pretty good looking plane emerged. Spent an hour or so rubbing the blade on the stones and ended up with a decent edge. Put it back together and made some nice shavings.
Couple of questions... I found a template for the tote on Lee Valley's site but can't find any info on specs for the knob. Does anyone have a template for it? I would like to make it look like the original as much as possible. Suggestions for wood for replacing the tote and the knob? The original tote is a very dark and dense wood. I have no idea what it is.
Thanks for reading.
Sorry, I didn't think to take a 'before' pic. Here is what it looks like after the initial clean up.