My Stanley #4 that I won on ebay arrived today. Boy is it dirty, this is
going to be interesting. Quite a bit of rust but doesn't look like deep
pitting type rust. The real problems I think are the two bolts that hold the
frog to the body are frozen. I twisted off the bolt that holds the tote to
the body, so will have to drill that out. Also the adjusting nut is rusted
so bad I think that piece will have to be replaced all together. All in all
not too bad I think for $16.50 and the expierence I'll gain from this. Also
went to a couple antique stores today and picked up a #5 Stanley Bailey in
excellent condition, not sit on the shelf pretty, but clean and usuable for
$44.00. Also got a 9 1/4 Stanley block plane for $24.00 in good looking
shape. Haven't had a chance to try and date em yet, but noticed the 4&5
don't have patent dates on the bed. The 4 has a patent # on the back of the
lever cap. That is all I know at the moment. Yep, will be interesting. Any
comments, please feel free. Thanks for listening.
for the frozen screws, a long soak with wd40 punctuated with some taps
with a mediumish hammer. tap straight down on it through a screwdriver
as well as at right angles to the lenght of the screw right through
the castings. don't hit hard, just tap, but do it lots of times. it'll
help the wd40 capillary and percolate through the rust....
You can also try sending your nasty planes to Mike in Katy, Texas. His
He does great work for reasonable prices. Planes look new when he's done.
FWIW, I remember when I was researching electrolytic rust removal, there were some
comments in the Google results from an auto
restorer. He indicated that he used the electrolytic process to free up frozen engine
parts in junkyard engine blocks. I've never
tried it and cannot comment on the effectiveness. But, thought I'd bring it to your
Also, when you start on the sheared off bolt, be aware that it is a "non-standard"
diameter/pitch combination. If you try to chase
the threads with a "standard" bottoming tap, you may be in for more trouble.
At the very least it looks like you are going to need a replacement tote rod. Stanley
still offers repair parts for bench planes,
although I suspect those parts are applicable to the later models and may or may not
be interchangeable with the vintage variety.
You may wish to verify application before purchase.
Other sources for Stanley replacement parts include
http://www.stjamesbaytoolco.com/stanley.html (Mostly specialty plane parts are
listed on the website)
(Stanley replacement parts, new, old, and 3rd party style)
Good luck. It is indeed a pleasure to rescue one of those old tools from the scrap
heap and restore it to useful life.
Wichita, KS USA
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