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Project by shinju posted 07-22-2009 04:29 PM 2440 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well started on this sargent #442 or #7 jointer plane it’s a long one 24” welll see how far i will go on this one bed is flat ,blades are a bit rough but i hope to find the parts for it also marked vbm,thank’s shinju

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#1 posted 07-22-2009 05:05 PM

it looks pretty good already. that’s the best way to go. some just aren’t salvageable, so the better off they are in teh beginning, the happier you will be. looking forward to seeing the results.

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#2 posted 07-22-2009 07:01 PM

Corrugated or smooth sole? I have a corrugated VMB that looks pretty much in the same condition as yours. I cleaned it up a bit, sharpened the iron and works great. My tote has the horn broken off, and I need to make a replacement.
Now some bad news, I have not had much luck finding VBM parts, but I only need the tote.

-- Tom, Grove City, Ohio

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#3 posted 07-22-2009 07:33 PM

a great find and good luck on the restoration.

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#4 posted 07-22-2009 07:41 PM

it’s a smooth sole i may have some one in texas that may have some parts so i will give you the info when i get it o.k. twill57,shinju

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#5 posted 07-22-2009 08:12 PM

Nice looking plane.

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 02:33 PM

VBM stands for Very Best Made. It was a common service mark on many Sargent tools. Nice jointer, now back to work. Oh and if the plane’s blade measures 2-5/8” wide, it was Sargent’s equivalent to a #8 Stanley.

Have you jointed the sole yet?


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 03:38 PM

Look’s great.
I don’t have a No. 7 but I’ve got my eye on a couple of them.
Shinju, from a limited look of just the one photo it appears you may not need any parts. Your beauty looks to be a good candidate for a partial or complete restore as is.

Some of the material I use:
- Evapo-Rust
- 3M Brand Synthetic Steel Wool (have one of every grade)
- WD-40
- Brasso metal polish

A number of sites freely available offer excellent video presentations on hand plane restoration.
Of course, there’s always a number of eBay listings for hand planes and their parts of all types.
There’s something extremely satisfying in tuning-up/restoring old hand planes.
Good luck,

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#8 posted 07-26-2009 08:10 PM

i have checked the sole it’s good, i was going to do a full resto,but i use my planes so i will clean it up sharpen the blade and use it as it was intended to be used thank’s guy’s for all the comments and info,shinju

-- enjoy, be well and enjoy life with all around you

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