While not perfect, I felt it
was pretty darn good, and would not cause any further
With it back in square, I gave
it a final light sanding with 220-grit sandpaper. I then
finished it off with a few coats of wax. The wax will seal
the wood, but also make it slide better when in use.
Here she is all put back
together and looking well for around 180 years old.
There is a take away for me in
all this. This plane has no makerís marks, and very little
market value. However, it does still have value to me as a
piece of history.
I believe that going forward I
will use it only on small jobs. The feeling of using a 180
year old plane is awesome; a real and tangible connection to
the past. And if nothing else Iíve got a great excuse to buy
an iron plow or combination plane to use for heavier work!
Mountain City, TN