Started work on refurbishing an early made wooden Try Plane. The makers mark; Edward Preston & Sons, Trade EP Mark, Warranted, Birmingham, England. Length 22" x Width 3 3/8", 2 1/2" original 2 piece iron, slight camber to the cutting edge.
The original diamond impact pad is missing, the top surface is badly bruised from long term impact with a wooden mallet, the wooden tote has some slight damage to its top horn, as well as hairline crack forward of the finger hole, and the wooden sole a slight concave curve and some deep grooving.
Removing the wooden tote proved quite challenging, but after a combination of strategies it eventually freed itself, albeit with some moderate force.
show the severe bruising to the forward top surface of the plane body.
wooden sole showing deep groove marks.
top surface of the plane body after dressing back.
original makers mark on the underside of the planes tote.
I am not overly keen to waste my time documenting the full refurbishment process, but will post the odd update as time permits.