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

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Blog entry by Don W posted 09-16-2013 01:01 AM 1384 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.

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

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 01:07 AM

Clever, this one I will remember.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 01:17 AM

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


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#3 posted 09-16-2013 01:21 AM

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

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 02:09 AM

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


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#5 posted 09-16-2013 02:35 AM

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

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 05:30 AM

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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#7 posted 09-16-2013 05:34 AM

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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#8 posted 09-16-2013 07:24 PM

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.

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 07:39 PM

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

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#10 posted 09-17-2013 11:08 AM

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

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#11 posted 09-17-2013 02:50 PM

Thank you Don.

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 12:47 PM

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 09-23-2013 07:07 PM

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.

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