I have a Stanley #45 that is missing the knob. On this plane the knob is on the fence and has cast threads. I think I know the size of the knob (1 5/8″ overall 1 1/2″ ball) but I have no idea what size of how to cut the threads in the knob.
Any suggestions would be great!
I’m in the process of moving, so all my planes are packed away and I can’t get at them at this time, but as I recall, the Stanley 45 multi-plane’s side-knob is held in place by a slot-head machine screw which goes vertically right through the centre of the wooden knob into the metal of the fence section. It was sometimes the user’s choice to take them off, if they got in the way…… which may have happened to yours.
The screw head is half-round to complement the shape of the top of the knob and the whole thing is recessed. (You can see the layout online if you google pictures of the plane).
The original pre-war knobs may have been made of Rosewood, which is now listed under CITES, so you have to choose another wood type.
As the plane was made in the USA, the threads are most likely a unified type – I’d suggest contacting American members for the size, diameter, pitch etc. Assuming that there were no pitch changes throughout the production life of the No: 45, you may strike a lucky streak and find one as a spare, otherwise a metal-worker with a lathe should be able to turn one out.
I hope that this helps…
i don’t have a #45 , but all the stanley planes that i have, use a 12-20 thread for the knobs and totes. the bolts mainly have a rolled thread rather than a cut thread, but a cut thread works fine. i found a #5 at a flea market with a broken tote and a missing screw and got it for $20. i have a metal lathe so i made the missing screw from some brass i had laying around. i found 12-20 taps and dies at victor machinery in michigan, but the shipping was more than the parts. 1/4 -20 taps, dies and allthread rod are more available if you want to drill out and rethread. (stanley purists should ignore that last sentence)
as always …..check on ebay for some stanley knobs and bolts
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