Well. . . my plan was to get farther today than I did. Everything is ok though, I did finish one project. I managed to get the two planes I got off eBay cleaned up and set to rights. It took a little longer than I thought it would because of the tote handle on the #5. When I pulled it from the box it was wrapped tight, head to toe, in friction tape. The same type of tape used to add a grip to hockey sticks and sporting equipment. Well I couldn't have that and I knew what my chances were when I started chipping the old crap off. I have seen some instances where people will tape up plane handles to increase their grip, and quietly that is the situation I hoped for, but in my gut I knew better. Broken. Not in one place but in two. The front knob was split in twain as well and taped a little more subtly, I decided to leave the knob alone and focus on the tote. Somebody must have really dropped this baby a while back.
After I peeled away all the tape I took some heavy grit sandpaper and a curved card scraper to get rip of the residue, and consequently most of the finish (not that the finish matters a whole lot to me on this one. There was old crystallized hide glue in the breaks that I chipped out with a scratch awl.
I didn't get to making the saw handle I wanted to today. That got pushed back to tomorrow, Either way I got something done in the shop today, before I came upstairs to take a break and found my next eBay conquest.