Plane Sailing with a Number 6?

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Pabs

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This is an eBay purchase. Pretty garish Blue.

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The person who painted it most recently also painted the entire frog mating and throat. for this reason I think whomever painted it probably just sold it and probably didn't really know how it works. The frog etc look pretty good and untouched. I think the plane is only very lightly used on account of the iron - it looks original and the stamping matches the style of adjustment wheel and frog casting. From the one-peice casting of the yoke to the 'off - cut - on', the stampings on the iron, and possibly the mysterious stamping on the body underneath the plane 'A'
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I've not taken one back to the cast metal before. Looks like it's going to have to be done.

I used a homemade rust remover solution with 10% acetic acid and acetone - a careful splash of each; I then agitate the mixture with a toothbrush. Soak for a few hours. Then a wipe, a spray of WD40 then I use a scraper (The WD W.D.'s the acid and acetone and I've found I can miss the bicarb stage). I repeat this a couple times.

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The repaint had been over a previous partial repaint in red of the toe and heel - perhaps a worker's owners mark or the property of a company or something. Could even have been in a school / college and just didn't get much call for. Then after another soak I went onto he wire brush on the drill, an old B&D that has a really high spindle speed and I hate it so it gleefully gets used for this kind of thing, Under this was the Roundel Blue but I can see the original japanning has fractured off around the heel

I was itching to use it after all this so I borrowed the iron from the 5 1/2 and I ended up putting a very subtle convex grind on it to help avoid chipping, I'm just experimenting.

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Here we have him, almost de-painted but assembled just for some test cuts. I've not attended to the sole yet.
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Got a nice mating between the chipbreaker and the iron.
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.Really lovely, just glides.
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leaves some beech (from the firewood pile, used a scrub no4 then smoothed with this No6 - a glassy finish to the surface, it's lovely.
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This weekend I'll degrease and apply the new paint although I quite like the cast iron finish too
 
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