I’ve got an old Stanley #55 I’m working on. I’ve sharpened all the moulding knives, got the manual, still looking for a couple missing parts, etc. The plane body, originally nickel plated has some rust and some of the nickel plating has been lost. I’m interested in removing the rust and re-plating it. I’m going to handle the rust through electrolysis which I know will also remove the remaining nickel plating which I’m not concerned about since I’m going to replate it anyway.
My question is, how do you remove the wood handles from the metal body of the plane? I can see a pin or rivot on one side of each handle but I’m not sure how to get the handles off without damaging them.
Any thoughts or experience out there in doing this?
-- Just a man with his chisel.........