This video illustrates that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a premium Fore plane or Scrub plane. A rusty old flea market junker #5 or #4 can be made in a a beautifully function Fore or Scrub plane in just a few hours work.
yep…I paid five bucks for my #40 at a garage sale. It looked like it had been left sitting out in the rain for about thirty years, but after a closer look, it appeared complete and solid under all the rust, dirt and grime. Took a few hours to clean it up and put an edge on the iron, but it works just fine.
I already have one but I wasn’t going to sacrifice the original stanley blade, but i saw a post earlier today about the buck bros replacement blade at the home depot for 3 bucks. So I will try it first.