How do I take apart this Millers Falls block plane?

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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 09-14-2013 09:49 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-14-2013 09:49 PM

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Tiny screw on the side is not cooperating.

Need to avoid stripping it, what’s the best way to get this out? As for the rest, it seems to be fairly straightforward. There’s a little pin I need to tap out on the back, otherwise I guess that’s it? So many how-to’s all over the place with bench planes, very little about the smaller ones. I’ll post one of this one, just really want to be careful with that screw. I’ve got lots of mini screwdriver heads and I obviously want the widest one that fits, but none are doing the job.

Also – the wood knob just screws on the front, and when I took that off some of the wood inside crumbled out. It’s still threaded inside, and I didn’t put it back on because I didn’t want to keep putting it on and taking it off and risk ruining the threads. Is there a way to strengthen the inside of the knob?

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 09:59 PM

Can you take a picture from the top? That looks like a 103 knock off which mean the cap should be under a bar. I’ve never seen a plane that style where the side screw did anything. If you completely loosen the cap, it slide from under the bar.

As for the knob, it depends how bad it is. Some wood stabilizer may work. You can also wax the threads really well and add some epoxy. The wax will prevent the epoxy from sticking to the metal and form a new set in the wood.

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 10:00 PM

Do you have a cordless impact driver? I’ve had success with one trying to get stubborn screws out where a hand screwdriver would just destroy the head.

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 10:13 PM

Put down the impact driver and back away from the plane.
Like Don said, that “screw” on the side is not there to help you disasemble. You just need to move that wheel underneath the lever cap. Look at it from the side and you’ll see which way the threads go on that bolt it it sitting on. Turn it until it is loose. If you can’t turn it by hands then channel-locks with a gentle-touch and some tape over the jaws will get it started. Once you loosen that up the lever-cap will just slide out the back.

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 10:13 PM

For reference, this is equivalent to a Stanley 120.

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 10:21 PM

JJ – success!

As for the knob – is there a way to make the inside threads more stable? Wood filler? Glue? Something else?
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