Honestly, as cheap as old planes are you're better off just finding a complete one at a flea market. Otherwise you're going to spend forever finding, fitting, and tinkering with something that was not made for that plane to begin with, with the end result being something that's possibly sub-standard. You have to ask - is your goal to dink around with the plane or to do some woodworking?
Who has done his fair share of dinking
] On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 10:27 PM
Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Plane blades
Sorry if this has already been covered ad nauseum. I got a friend with some knowledge to help me start tuning my hand planes. I need to replace a couple of blades (one missing, one badly bent and mushroomed at the top.). Where should I look for good quality plane irons? What do I need to look for to ensure good quality?
I've seen the heavier replacement irons at Lee Valley, but they talk about needing to modify the throat to accommodate the heavier irons. Has anyone here tried them? Are they work the extra work and cost? And were the modification difficult?
Thanks for any help you can offer.