I have a Bailey #5 which has a sweet feel to it and I would like to use it, but the handle keeps coming loose. Took it apart today and found the following:
The handle is held by two screws, call em front and rear. The front one, closest to the frog is a short screw, but the previous owner - some Ebay lowlife, had wrapped aluminum foil around the screw to try to give it some purchase in the hole, which seems to have decent threads, although with a bit of rust. When I take the foil off, the screw fits very loosely and will not tighten. Do I have the wrong screw here? If so, how would I go about finding the correct screw? The screw is brass, by the way.
Now to the rear screw. Its composed of a rod threaded on both sides, which screws into a hole in the plane tightly. On the other end of the rod there is a knob that screws onto the rod and has a straight slot for screwing down tightly. There are (suspiciously to my thinking) two washers on the knob end, apparently to raise the handle up to the correct angle. Is this right?
So, what should I do? Look for a better brass screw and hope that solves everything? Try some loctite? Buy a replacement handle kit?
I'm interested in restoring the plane, but its just a #5 and not worth a lot of $$ or time.
Thanks in advance for your help!