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Forum topic by widdle posted 05-24-2010 08:28 PM 1130 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2010 08:28 PM

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Couple questions on a veritas 5 1/4 bench plane…Seems when i am trying to get the blade parallel to the body ,the blade advances in the depth ? and how tight should the lever cap screw be ? should i be able to remove the lever cap without using a screw driver ? And I seem to be wearing down the round pivot mechanism unevenly..any help would be great. thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 05-24-2010 08:43 PM

these are actually common questions.

the screw that holds the lever cap should be turned 1/4 turn after the cap comes in contact with the blade and not any more as it’ll put too much pressure on the screw, the cap, and the blade – making it impossible to align the blade. and yes- the blade should be able to move back and forth WITHOUT having to take the cap off. and yes you should be able to get the cap off without using a screwdriver. if you need a screwdriver – it’s too tight.

if you are changing the lateral position of the blade and the blade seems to creep up forward – it’s normal. you just have to play with it till it’s positioned properly.

one more thing – watch for backlash. don’t try to adjust the blade backwards as when you unscrew the blade bolt it’ll have a little play, and upon usage the blade will be pushed more backwards than anticipated. instead – if you need to retract the blade a bit – then retract it more than you should, then advance it till it gets to the proper position.

good luck, and make sure the blade is sharp.

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#2 posted 05-24-2010 09:07 PM

Thanks for that..i talked with lee valley and got two different answes on the lever cap screw..i think i just over fiddle..

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 06:05 AM

why is it that the blade advances when the blade is adjusted laterally ?

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