What to do about frozen wood screws? I have several tools with this
problem. Most recently I acquired a plow plane with wooden screws to
secure the arms of the fence, and also a wooden screw to secure a wooden
depth gauge. All frozen in place. I'm glad to have it as an oddity,
but I'd really like to put it to work. Other than the frozen screws
it's in decent condition.
Mike In Woodland
Would it be possible to dry the plane out? Stick it in a warm, not hot, oven
for a few hours? I am thinking that drying it might shrink the screw enough to
begin to loosen it.
Another idea: soak it with denatured alcohol in case some shellac-type finish
has dried in the threads. The alcohol should dry up and not harm the wood. I
suppose the same idea could be done with lacquer thinner for different solvents.
Of course, this method would likely cause the existing finish to have problems,
if that is a consideration.