I got some cheap old hardware store plane from my Uncle, and I decided to to a partial restore and conversion to a scrub plane.
Pretty nasty condition to start. It was sitting in a bucket with water and other rusted tools.
Then I take it apart and blast it with #70 Aluminum Oxide with my new sandblasting cabinet.
I forget to take pictures post paint. Here’s some prepping.
I painted it with Rustoleum Gloss Specialty Lacquer. I’m quite happy with this product for this purpose, and it looks fantastic!
You can also spot my beloved Olfa AK-4 Art Knife. Check out my very long review on Amazon there.
After paint, all there was to do was a good scrubbing with various abrasives to make it look pretty-ish, adding a curve to the blade, and sharpening.
The tote and knob were finished with a 1:1 polyurethane:linseed oil mixture that has red, brown and black transtint dyes. I wish I had before images. This is a huge improvement over the gunked up and disgusting mass I started with!
It works quite well and now I can hog off some material much quicker!