Stanley depth adjustment knob issue

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Forum topic by skeemer posted 02-26-2012 08:39 PM 1147 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2012 08:39 PM

I bought my Stanley #5 from ebay a couple months ago and fully restored and tuned it. I’ve completed one project so far with it and it has about 5 hours or so of work under it’s belt since I put it back together. Well, today I began another project and as I began adjusting the depth, the knob started to come loose from the plane body. So I took it out and checked all the threads on both male and female ends, and everything looks ok. I put the knob back in hand tight and it came loose again. So I tightened it into the body with pliers and it came loose again.

I’m at a loss as to how to get the knob to stay in. It seems that when I turn the knob counter clockwise to decrease my cut, the mounting screw is turning rather than just the knob. The threads where the knob are are quite lubricated and the knob turns easily on it’s own, but it seems that the mounted end has less friction and is thus coming loose when turned. Should I clean any grease off the last 1/4” or so, or should I use locktite or something similar? Any other ideas as to what is going on?


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#1 posted 02-26-2012 08:57 PM

If the stud is turning, some locktite would be a good idea. Make sure that the knob will turn on the stud though. Might take some soaking to loosen it up. Some type of penetrating oil.

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 09:51 PM

a little teflon tape may help the threads grip if thats the issue.

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 11:12 PM

Do you have the lever cap too tight?


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