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Forum topic by swoper posted 04-18-2014 10:44 PM 1230 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2014 10:44 PM

Hi everyone just got a Stanley 31 off EBAY was very surprised that the sole is in great shape flat and straight. the handle is broke off at the top not a big deal, but the biggest problem I have is the frog screw holes, they are sloppy and need work. what is the best way to fill in the holes and make them stronger if possible, I am thinking a saw dust and epoxy blend, looking for anyone who has done something like this.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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#1 posted 04-18-2014 06:44 PM

Use a forstner bit to drill a larger hole and then glue in a hardwood dowel.

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#2 posted 04-18-2014 06:46 PM

Might think about getting a assortment of threaded inserts at the local HF for about $5. Find one of the sizes in the kit that is close, drill it out and press in your insert. I’d use a little epoxy around the insert. Then just use the corresponding machine screw to complete. At least that’s how I’d fix it. Epoxy and saw dust would be another appropriate solution IMO. Either is likely to work well.

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 07:08 PM

I’d drill a larger hole, but would then use a plug cutter to make the correct size plugs so your screws go back into long grain instead of end grain.

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 07:39 PM

JayT’s got it right – the dowels are a good idea, save for the end grain problem

The threaded inserts would be great except that they’ll be much less forgiving in terms of placement

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 08:13 PM

most automobile parts and supply stores have thread restoring kits that use a special epoxy formulated to be tough enough for screw threads. I have used it and found it to work very well

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#6 posted 04-19-2014 12:17 PM

I usually just make a plug and glue and tap it in.

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