I recently purchased two raw plane casting kits from St. James Bay Tool Co. One is a miter plane, and the other is a Norris no.51. Both are in bronze, with the miter plane having a steel sole. As I start to work on them, I'll likely start a separate page for each to update progress. There is a lot of machine work to do, and will likely take me some time.
I considered getting them with raw O-1 irons, but according to Bob at St. James, he is only selling finished irons now. That's probably a plus. Though I am capable of doing the treatment on the irons myself, sometimes it's best to leave it to the pro. All the parts are there, except for the adjuster for the smoother, which I elected not to order right away. I have a lot of work to do before I need it. I'll get more into the individual details once I get going.
I do need to say that Bob was a great pleasure to talk with, very informative and very helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to do business with him again.
Not much else than that for now. I have a great toolmaking journey to embark on, and I know it will be both fun and challenging. In the end, I'll have a pair of planes that I could not afford otherwise.