I finished the plane and it came out better than I thought it would. It will make a nice user and it looks fine in my plane till.
A little more on the history of our American Planes.
Prison Labor was used by a lot of plane makers.
From the early 1800’s development efforts appear to be aimed at reducing labor costs and those reductions translated to a steady decline in the quality of wooden planes. American plane makers seem to have led the way in the effort save labor but British planes also suffered from the effects of cost cutting. The ultimate expression of this cost cutting probably was the use of prison labor by some US plane makers. Some of the changes include standardizing wedge thickness to two or three sizes, ill advised introduction of early machine production, reducing efforts at chamfering and shoulder details. Each of these has cascading results that impair the function, feel and quality of the planes.
Now after about an hour of sharpening on the Tormek, I finally got the chips out of the iron. I reassembled the plane and trued up the bottom.
Here are the results.
Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.