I believe this is a Vaughan and Bushnell 905 jack plane, probably an early one.
Here is an illustration that shows how it appeared in the V&B Tool Catalogue No. 23 (1923):
This plane featured a drop forged steel body and nickel plating on the outside of the base, blade, and lever cap. The round sides eventually gave way to square sometime around 1927, and this model remained in production until about 1935.
When I scrubbed the grime off this base I discovered remnants of an ugly grey color. At the time, I didn’t know that was the factory japanning, so removed it for the usual black paint. My apologies to V&B enthusiasts!
The original tote was completely bisected in half, and also had another crack extending vertically up the tote. Amazingly, it was held together by NINE finish nails! I immediately began to make another from Walnut to match the factory wood selection.
The restored plane:
The original V&B iron is missing, but luckily for me, someone replaced it with a Sargent Type1. So, now I’ll search for a factory Vanadium iron to fit…and think about re-painting the plane.
Here you can see the obvious difference in the side’s thickness:
...makes me wonder if 10 minutes with a belt sander removed the cool factory logo and nickel plating since this side is pitted significantly more than the thicker side?
V&B chipbreaker, Sargent iron
No full-width shavings since the vintage Sargent iron was badly out of square. Because of its Type1 status, I’ll bring it back to square over a few sharpening sessions, and save the steel.
Comments and suggestions always welcomed!
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