I just purchased this Stanley Liberty plane (1886—1890) and would like to use it. It needs the blade sharpened and back flattened but how far should I go with restoring it? Also the bottom needs to be flattened. I guess the blade and cap iron can be cleaned in a vinegar and salt solution removing the rust and still look vintage. The metal parts can be cleaned with oil (or something else??). But what about the wood? It looks okay, but how does it affect collector value to refinish it? Should the finish be left alone? Maybe just removing paint spots? I was considering applying a coat of Watco Danish Oil to the existing finish with paint spots removed first. Or is it even collectable in this condition. Any ideas out there??
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