Shelton #9 Smoother (My# 9-123117-5) $52
This took a lot of work. The sole was out of flat quit a bit more than average. Note the sole still has a dish in the back part but the requires spots are coplanar and it’s ready for smoothing.
The blade seems to be of decent quality and once tuned, its an ok working plane, but it took some work to get it flat and get the mill marks out.
Frog was a bit more work than average as well.
The overall finish of this plane is pretty poor from the factory. This one is tuned and ready to work. It could be repainted if desired to improve the looks, but the performance issues I’ve already resolved.
I I do like about this plane is the lateral. It’s one of the heaviest laterals I’ve seen.
The wood is the original hardwood and finish. They are in good shape and have not been cracked or repaired. I do not care for the shape of the tote, but that can be easily reshaped or a new tote made.
Now that it’s tuned, it will make a pretty decent smoother.