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.