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Forum topic by Wannabe WoodWorkers posted 10-02-2015 07:49 PM 620 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Wannabe WoodWorkers

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10-02-2015 07:49 PM

Short version: Not ideal but can I use a 2” lever cap on a plane with 2 3/8” wide blade? How interchangeable are different brand lever caps?

Background: Got a shining Millers Falls #22 body off of craigslist for $35 all in. Got a Stanley blade and chipbreaker from late 1800’s for $10. All I need is a lever cap but the ones for sale now are around $20. Hoping for a better deal but I also have a newer #4 like Stanley with the blue paint and kidney shaped hole in the lever cap. Please forgive me for buying such a piece of crap, I just saw a rusty plane that I thought I could restore to use, it was the first step in my plane addiction and I had no idea what I was looking at when I bought it :P

TIA :)

-- A Wannabe WoodWorker from https://www.facebook.com/wannabewoodworkers/


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Don W

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#1 posted 10-02-2015 11:32 PM

try it!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#2 posted 10-02-2015 11:51 PM

Can’t wait to but hasn’t arrived yet. Guess I forgot that minor detail lol.

-- A Wannabe WoodWorker from https://www.facebook.com/wannabewoodworkers/

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#3 posted 10-02-2015 11:58 PM

my guess is it will work but i’ve not tried it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#4 posted 10-03-2015 02:24 AM

I once was working with a famous photographer by mail (long Time ago). When someone asked a similar question, he would reply by using a large stamp with red ink- TRY IT!

This is somewhat different, because you are probably worried about doing damage to the blade, so I think your question is very valid. it appears as if you do not have to worry about damaging anything and trying it will let you know if it causes any issues with the performance of the plane.

-- Creating less fire wood every day

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#5 posted 10-04-2015 08:05 AM

Thank you for validating my question Ray :)

I picked up my first rusty #4 a few weeks ago and have been hacking away at some innocent boards ever since. I was much more into power tools before that but the light bulb has gone on, I’m going to save a fortune on sandpaper. I’m pretty sure I’m doing everything wrong anyways, I don’t really have the experience (yet) to tell if a plane is functioning properly even with the properly sized lever cap. For all I know they might be this much of a pita for everyone that can’t afford to sell their soul to the devil for a Lee Nielsen. One of these days I’ll get over to Paul’s blog and learn how to set this thing up properly but in the meantime there’s woodchips that need flyin’.

-- A Wannabe WoodWorker from https://www.facebook.com/wannabewoodworkers/

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#6 posted 10-04-2015 12:08 PM

Do over think it. A plane is working well if you are getting the result you want. If the results are less than you expect, it’s probably not working as needed.

It may sound over simplified, but that’s what it is.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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