Over in the Hand Tools forum at WoodNet.net, member leonard_bailey has posted photos of his restoration of a No. 3 bench plane. Other members asked how he did it, and he explains his technique. Click through for the "after" photo.
Being a woodworker is being part of something much bigger than just a guy in a shop. There's a world of woodworking design, art, and culture. I think that's as interesting as the working with wood itself.