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10-31-2012 01:30 AM

I need help. I picked up a #2 Stanley that needs some help. I bought some vintage parts from a guy in Georgia a while ago, but I have misplaced his contact info. I thought that his name was Rex??!! Anyhow if no one has that info, any help would be appreciated.

1) I am in need of 2 frog screws
2) Front tote needs to be replaced. I know, I know I am a woodworker and should make one myself…...only problem, no lathe….yet.

thank you one and all for any info..

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 01:38 AM

You can make a tote on a drill press.
Scroll down to plane parts on this thread. Stanly screws are still out there
Don W has tons on tote making.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 01:48 AM

Thanks for the link….Sorry no drill press either

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 01:50 AM

Can’t help with the contact but you can make the tote on the drill press with a couple of files. If you look at my projects page you’ll find some turned bracelets that were made rather quickly on the drill press with just 2 wood files and sandpaper.
Take your block of wood and drill out the center to the right diameter, don’t worry yet about the recess for the head of the bolt. Now run a bolt though, I would have the head of the bolt at the bottom of the knob and toss a couple washers at the top that will be as big around as the head of the recessed bolt the tote uses, finally put on a nut to tighten the block in place so it won’t spin on the bolt. The reason for the washers is that they will let you get the file into the top where it needs to without hitting the sides of the nut, the space under the washers doesn’t matter of course since it will be drilled out. You might substitute a metal bushing in your local hardware store has them. Next you need a tool rest, I had a slightly long piece of scrap and I trimmed down one end until it would fit in the slide on the table. I then moved the table till the piece bumped up to the head of the drill press and clamped it into place.
Put the remainder of the threaded end of the bolt into chuck and tighten. I honestly can’t say what the safest speed should be but I went with around 1100rpms. Don’t push hard with the file to remove materials, rather move it up and down or in a curving motion. If you leave it still it just creates deep grooves and doesn’t remove a lot of material, moving it around with quick motions especially towards the end will let you skip right to 150 grit paper when it is time to sand.

edit: NVM- guess it was covered while I was typing

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 01:57 AM

You don’t mean John Kleso at Rex Mill do you?

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 09:45 AM

YES….Thank you!!!

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 02:12 PM

Highland Woodworking has a repair kit and replacement totes and knobs.
The tote is the rear grip, the knob is the front grip. Be sure that you’re clear with your terminology as you place orders.
There is a tall knob and a short (usually referred to as the “mushroom” style) knob. Which does your plane have?


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#7 posted 10-31-2012 02:16 PM

Id suggest our very own Don W for a cherry replacement knob and tote. He may also have the frog screws youre looking for.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 08:42 PM

I put a low knob intended for a #3 on my #2 plane and it works just fine. You can pick one up from ebay pretty easily.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 08:45 PM

Most of my planes have parts from other planes. Hard to tell when you buy them, but sometimes it’s better that way, some one upgraded one of my planes to a sweetheart blade. The plane is too new to have had one new. SWEET.

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 10:06 PM

I probably have a set of frog screws and could make a set of knob and totes. PM if you’re interested.

I just made a set for another LJ.

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

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#11 posted 11-01-2012 09:34 AM

I used this service for two different planes. Greg’s work is fantastic, reasonably priced, and quick. He uses different species for a good choice. I even sent him a knob from an old Millers Falls knob so he could replicate it and it was a very quick turnaround. I highly recommend.

Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#12 posted 11-01-2012 01:15 PM

I made a knob on a drill press. Its doable for a one time deal.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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