Vaughan and Bushnell 905 Restored

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Blog entry by terryR posted 09-06-2015 08:53 PM 2622 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#1 posted 09-06-2015 09:32 PM

You have nice thin shavings laying there. LOVE IT !

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#2 posted 09-06-2015 10:11 PM

well done. Fantastic !

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#3 posted 09-06-2015 10:22 PM

Well done Terry. I didn’t realize that the V&B 900 series ever came in a round side. All I’ve ever seen are the flat sides. Very cool.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#4 posted 09-06-2015 10:49 PM

Great job, Terry! My V&Bs are all black, surprised to see a grey finish.

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#5 posted 09-07-2015 12:09 AM

9 finish nails! That tote may have belonged to the same guy that fixed my saw handle! LOL

Beautiful job on the restore, Terry.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 09-07-2015 03:34 AM

Stunning Terry! Love the walnut knob and tote.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 09-07-2015 05:48 AM

chips and mambrax, Thanks!

Jay, it was news to me as well.

PK, Thanks, I don’t feel so badly now! Most of the examples here are grey.

Very true, Candy! Same fellow! :)

Thanks, Andy. Another tote is far easier than the captured ball…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 09-07-2015 11:55 AM

It’s amazing how much material was removed from the left side.

The new tote and knob are stunning Terry.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 09-07-2015 12:33 PM

Thanks, brother Tony.
Doesn’t make sense about the driver’s side thickness.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 09-07-2015 01:29 PM

Excellent Terry!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 09-07-2015 02:34 PM

Terry, you are so adept at totes, knobs and handles. Yours invariably look finer than the originals, as well as most other woodworkers’. A good looking plane here, lovingly brought back to life. The tote is superb. Judging by the shavings, you’ve got it fine tuned as well.

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#12 posted 09-07-2015 05:10 PM

Thanks, Don.

And, thanks, Bucket. i put a lot of time into each tote. I love it!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 09-07-2015 06:04 PM

Thats really cool. Your post caught my attention because I am sorting out a jack, fore, and no 8 jointer plane. I still need to make knobs and totes for them and you have certainly set a standard. I have seen the sides of jack planes sanded like that before and always wondered if this was done to remove rust or to square the side with the bottom so it might be used like a shooting plane?

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#14 posted 09-07-2015 06:12 PM

^Thank You, I didn’t even check the modified side for square to the sole! Will do… but, it sure seems someone removed a ton of material?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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