I’m currently restoring my grandpa’s old Stanley #6 plane that I plan to use, NOT as a collection item. I know all the work I’m doing on it destroys the collection value, but I think Grandpa would have been happier knowing I was using it.
I don’t have it in front of me right now, but the two patent dates are in 1900. There isn’t a bolt (or even a hole for one) to move the frog forward or back if that helps anyone. Unfortuantely, it was tossed in a box for years and got pretty rusty. The sole is dead flat and square with no cracks. I’ve used electrolysis to clean it up and it’s looking pretty good. However, some parts just couldn’t be salvaged. I’m looking for new bolts to hold the frog onto the body. They’re size 12 (not 1/4 inch), 1/2 inch long, have a hex head with flathead screwdriver slot, and coarse thread. I found new handles already as the originals were in several pieces. I’d also love to find a couple of new brass “nuts” that hold the handles on. Mine are serviceable, but not very nice. They are also size 12 with a coarse thread. Finally, as I can’t afford to have it rejapanned, does anyone have any suggestions of what I could use to protect the metal, make it look nice, but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?
Thanks in advance!