The wood portions of the small coffin smoother were in reasonably good shape. A little dry, a bit grimy and a one small crack to fix.
First to get rid of the dirt and grime. Some of you might think this is a bit harsh but it has worked well for me on other planes so I did it again, besides this is a user not a valuable wall hanger. With a little help from Murphy’s Orange Oil Soap, a bit of water, and a soft abrasive pad the work went pretty quick. I scrubbed just enough to get the grimy parts cleaned up. This took less than 10 minutes to do, and it certainly did a nice job.
I use the air hose to get rid of the surface moisture and to help shorten the dry time. While it was drying I started up the glue pot to get the Old Brown Glue ready to use. Once the glue was ready, I put a couple of drops into the crack behind the eye near the bed. The crack isn’t that large, so I used a piece of paper to move the glue into the crack. I attached a couple of clamps and let it set over night. With almost no effort at all I was able to wipe off the excess hide glue with damp paper towel.
While cleaning the wedge I noticed one of the points was splintered. This would explain some of the hung up shavings while I was testing the plane. I attempted to glue the splinters together, it only helped a little bit. I trimmed the ends a little to make them smooth once again and that seemed to help. I will need to do some more tweaking of the wedge points as I don’t think they are quite right.
After the glue had fully set over night it was time to do some glue cleanup, oh wait that’s right I previously wiped it off with a damp rag and there was nothing left to clean up at this point. I really like hide glue for this particular situation.
Next I applied a couple of light coats of Minwax Antique Oil Finish to all touchable surfaces, except for the location where the wedge and plane body touch. Then a light application of wax to finish things up. I am very pleased with the results and look forward to using it on future projects.