I picked up this old shoulder plane from my local antiques store. Badly warped, and dulled beyond belief, I thought I'd try my hand at restoring it.
Step 1: Disassemble
A few taps with a wooden mallet will get all of the components apart! Here you can see how much TLC is actually needed.
Step 2: Plane That Sucker Flat!
Using my jack plane, I flatten the sole as well as the sides of the plane, removing all the warping that occurred over the years.
Step 3: Sharpen!
Using some cheap sharpening stones, I re established the bevel and flattened the back of the iron.
Step 4: Honing Time!
I stropped the blade on a piece of leather charged with buffing compound. This makes the blade razor sharp.
Step 5: All Done!
And that's that! I didn't get any pictures of me using it, but it does work well and it was a fun project. I'd really appreciate if you could vote for this entry in the hand tools only contest!