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Johnalan Thomas

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03-11-2018 11:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley plane screw help restoration

Hey Y’all, Picked up a very early 1910’s Stanley #5 for 6 bucks at a flea market yesterday. It’s extremely rusted.
I cannot get one of the screws out to take the frog off. It bends my screwdrivers. I have it soaking hopefully it will loosen the screw-up. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get this screw out? Thanks

-- John Darlington Sc


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#1 posted 03-11-2018 11:56 PM

Soaking it is the best approach I think.
PB-Blaster is good if what you have isn’t
doing the job.

It’s possible to heat up a stuck screw with
a propane torch and the expansion can help
to loosen it. I did this once on a sewing
machine. I got the screw out finally but the
slot was damaged.

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#2 posted 03-12-2018 01:13 AM

Patience, my friend, is rule no 1 for freeing rusted or otherwise frozen parts.

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#3 posted 03-12-2018 05:41 PM

What are you soaking with? a 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid is apparently more effective than other penetrating fluid.

I agree with patience. Soak it long enough and you won’t need to do much more.

If patience wears out, first step is to grind a screwdriver to perfectly fit in the slot (as close to zero slop as possible) with a hollow grind so the turning force is at the very bottom of the slot. Try that, then try tapping the driver end with a hammer to loosen the rust’s hold, then try tapping as you turn. A manual impact driver with a tight fitting bit could work.

The problem with heat from a torch on a frog bolt is you’ll burn off any japanning that is left around there. I’d only do that if the japanning was already shot on both the sole and the frog.

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#4 posted 03-12-2018 07:47 PM

a soak in evapo rust helps

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simmo

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#5 posted 03-12-2018 09:27 PM

Freezer spray

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#6 posted 03-13-2018 12:51 PM

If soaking doesn’t help….heat

http://www.timetestedtools.net/2016/01/27/saving-a-stanley-type-2-risk-equals-reward/

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#7 posted 03-14-2018 01:59 PM

Drop it in whichever ‘solution of your choice’ and wait at least a week. ” It’s extremely rusted.” is a strong hint not to rush.

-- For those about to die, remember your bicycle helmet!

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#8 posted 03-14-2018 03:41 PM

Soak it, in an ultrasonic cleaner. Or on something that vibrates all day like an engine. A machine shop will probably do it for 30 bucks. I do that all the time.

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