I'm going to take a look at these molding planes. I'm going to check that the body and iron are in good condition. Is there anything else I should look for? Does 10 each seem like a reasonable price?
Price is good !
Take a straight edge across the bottoms of the side escapement planes. You are looking for wear where the front is out of alignment with the back. Place the straight edge on the sides to assure there is no warpage. Look at the irons, especially the face of the blades to assure there are no pitting. Light rust is OK but not pitting. There will be some shrinkage of the wood so the blades may not be the same as the profile of the plane, but that can be remedied by re-profiling the irons. On the small smoother, make sure the cheeks are not cracked or split. If the bottom of the smoother has been flattened a number of times, the mouth will be too large for good smoothing. This is repairable with an insert in front of the blade.
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