|Forum topic by Robsan||posted 01-03-2016 04:58 PM||662 views||1 time favorited||13 replies|
01-03-2016 04:58 PM
One of my most prized possessions is a ‘905 plane that I inherited from my late father. Not the most prestigious in the plane hall of fame – but it works well and has allowed me to complete a few small woodworking projects. I remember my father showing me how to dismount the blade and properly sharpen it using a honing guide. In time, I hope to be able to pass the plane and skills on to my daughter.
I believe the production date to be in the range 1927 – 1935. There is good information on the V&B website here
The initial clean up shows the current corrosion is not too deep.
As a nod to him leaving the plane to me – I’d like to complete a gentle restoration to bring it back to clean, as original as possible, condition.
Would the forum offer up some knowledge to help me to do this.
1. I am keen to ‘polish’ the brighter parts – but don’t want to wear away the nickel finish. I have used 350 grade wet & dry so far which has lifted much of the corrosion – but I am cautious to go further on the sides of the sole. The cleaning has revealed some curious curved marks which I presume came form the original manufacture where the steel block was cut with a circular blade or grinder? Any thoughts on whether to go harder with the polishing to remove these circular marks – or is this likely to trash the nickel layer?
2. The plane has presumably been repainted blue at some stage – which I quite like. Descriptions found on the web state the original finish was from Japanning – a form of lacquering. One text indicates this was a grey colour. Many web photos show a matt black ?painted? finish. Can anyone enlighten me on what the original colour & finish was & whether this is practical to attempt?
Alternatively I may just go with stripping the original paint off the sole & chip breaker with Nitromors and repainting in a blue enamel. Perhaps with a little gold paint on the lettering – although this may be too ‘jazzy’.
3. The wood parts are in structurally sound condition but could do with cleaning up. I am wary of sanding – is there a low risk way to strip off the old varnish, dry out then re-varnish?
Many thanks in advance for your comments.