|Forum topic by DylanC||posted 09-07-2016 03:14 AM||325 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-07-2016 03:14 AM
I recently picked up a Stanley 151M at a flea market for $12. Seller wanted $20 but it is missing the thumbscrew that tightens the cap onto the iron. I figured it would be some off-the-wall thread, and I was right. Best I can figure is that it’s a #10-28 TPI, which hasn’t been in common use for decades. So, I’ve got a couple of options to make this thing complete and get it back into usable condition.
1. Buy a vintage replacement online. Probably in the $13 to $15 dollar range. I’m a bit leary of this because I think Stanley may have changed the thread TPI at some point. I say this because I have two Stanley 53s…the adjustment screw from one of the 53s is a perfect fit in the 151 cap, the other is not. I would hate to spend $13 dollars on one screw that doesn’t even fit.
2. Buy a 151 parts kit online for $20. Kit includes a new cap, cap screw, and both iron adjustment screws. If I go this route, I will have a new (poorly cast/machined) cap and matching screw.
3. Drill out the existing cap and tap it with a more common 1/4”-28 and use a standard socket head cap screw. This would almost be free, but I’d be destroying any “collectable” value to this shave, and I understand the 151M is perhaps a bit less common and more desirable than a standard 151.
4. Troll the ‘Bay until a broken 51 turns up for $10 and use it as a donor for a new cap and screw.
Any spokeshave aficionados care to weigh in and give me some much-needed advice?
-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...