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    Stanley 45 blade adjustment pin replacement

    I recently picked up a Stanley 45 in nearly unused condition, but the pin which keeps the blade adjustment screw from rotating is missing. Does anyone know what the gauge of that pin is, or have a suggestion for a replacement?

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    nhplaneparts will have the locking bolt......

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    Quick measure on my 45 shows it to be 0.097"
    What I would do is epoxy in a bit of a number 41 drill shank (0.096")
    Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by steven c newman View Post
    nhplaneparts will have the locking bolt......
    Indeed. I recently got a nicker from him. It was a zero-hassle process.

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    Thanks everyone, this helps a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike holden View Post
    Quick measure on my 45 shows it to be 0.097"
    FWIW the pin on my 55 (which is compatible with the 45's irons) is 0.096", so same as Mike to within measurement error.

    To the OP: I second the idea of using #41 drill rod. You can buy it cheaply if you don't happen to have a sacrificial #41 drill bit lying around.

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    Would a roll pin, from your hardware store, be strong enough?

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    Every time I see a 45 or 55 listing, I check it out. I have no use for it, but I'm fascinated with them. I just can't justify $300+ for one
    I have a Veritas small plow plane with all of the cutters. It does a decent job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Houghton View Post
    Would a roll pin, from your hardware store, be strong enough?
    Why chance it when #41-sized hardened M2 drill rod costs $2.39 from McMaster-Carr?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Chase View Post
    Why chance it when #41-sized hardened M2 drill rod costs $2.39 from McMaster-Carr?
    Would a roll pin of the proper size compress slightly and be less likely to fall our over time?

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    Hmmm, thread about a missing Stanley pin, with a "Commercial" for veritas tools?


    Add a small dab of JB Weld on the end of that undersized pin.....push the pin into the hole and let the JB do it's thing. Just make sure the pin isn't too long.....they do have a small slot to fit through.

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    I'm going with the drill rod idea. I remembered that I have a bit that would be of the right size, but I'd rather not cut it up if necessary, so drill rod it is. I got spectacularly lucky with the plane. It belonged to the seller's father, who was a carpenter in the twenties and thirties, and has gone unused since then. He was willing to sell it for $120, but after seeing it in person, I couldn't offer him so little.

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