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dw's shop tips #4: Remove a rusted nut on all threads.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 309 days ago 819 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had to remove the adjuster on a threaded post from a #71. Here is how I did it. The bolt was rusted solid and would not move.

I had soaked it in penetrating oil for a while (almost a week) but it still didn’t want to move. I could heat it, but I’d still have to hold on the threads. So I cut a piece of aluminum flashing.

I folded the flashing and clamped it in the vice. The aluminum will not hurt the threads but will hold it tight.

This is a knurled nut so another piece of aluminum to protect it from the vice grips.

A few twist.

Oil it up and reassemble

Sorry for the upside down pictures. I’m not sure what that’s about.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com



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mafe

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#1 posted 309 days ago

Clever, this one I will remember.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Rick M.

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#2 posted 309 days ago

I had one of these… spun 2 nuts on the bottom, tightened them together, clamped it and spun the adjuster off.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Don W

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#3 posted 309 days ago

I’ve done that as well Rick, but some of these Stanley threads don’t have nuts :-)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Rick M.

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#4 posted 309 days ago

Yeah mine was LH and I for some odd reason happened to have 2 LH nuts the right size.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 309 days ago

I like the aluminum tip. Most appreciated, Don Yoda.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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yuridichesky

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#6 posted 309 days ago

I second that aluminum trick. Here’s how I upgraded my machinist vise right after purchasing:

I can easily slide those straps off the jaws when I need, but most of the time they’re on the jaws.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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yuridichesky

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#7 posted 309 days ago

And the upside down pictures could be due to current phone orientation (the sensor is not always correct) in case if you took those pics on the phone.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 308 days ago

Similar to Yuri’s picture I have a set of aluminum jaw inserts for my vice. I also have a set of rubber and one of some kind of hard fiber. They’re held in place with 2 magnets on each side and come in VERY handy some days.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Howie

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#9 posted 308 days ago

Now there is a worthwile piece of advice. Thanks for the tip.

-- Life is good.

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bluekingfisher

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#10 posted 307 days ago

where there’s a will there’s a way.

I second what turichesky says although I use lead flashing on my vice jaws. The lead being softer bites into the work a little more pproviding more holding power. They don’t last as long but I only use thenm when needs be

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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AnthonyReed

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#11 posted 307 days ago

Thank you Don.

-- ~Tony

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Mauricio

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#12 posted 305 days ago

Great tip!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 301 days ago

Hey Don,thanks again for the great planes. I was a heavy equipment mech for 45 years and the best penetrating oil I have ever used is a product called “S’OK” It is sold now by a Co. in Paletine Tx. You might order a little can ,take my word for it ,it will be the best thing since sliced bread for rust.
http://www.shamrockspecialties.net/contact.php

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