I used a piece of left over wood from the bottle opener blanks and carved it down to size. So much sanding!
It’s offically spring and we actually had some pleasant weather!
Last week I found a good craigslist deal. A nice man was selling 3 handplanes, $25 for the set. They had been in storage for a long time and were pretty filthy and rusty. Of the 3 planes, two are stanley brand (good) and the third is some junky knockoff brand that looks like it’s pretty low quality. Of the Stanley planes there’s a #3 size from the 1920’s and a #4 size from the 60’s or 70’s. Today I soaked the #3 and the junky off-brand ones in ‘evaporust’ to get rid of the rust and tarnish then spent a goodly portion of the evening cleaning, sanding and sharpening the #3. It’s not done yet, the handles still need more sanding and refinishing and it could use more polish over all. I guess you are also supposed to flatten the bottom which I may or may not get to at some point.
The first two pictures are before and the rest are taken after.