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brcolow

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08-07-2017 12:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question plane

I am working on restoring a Stanley #6 plane (type 13). I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of or thought about re-tempering the spring on the lever cap? I have a #6 that I am working on restoring and the spring steel just doesn’t have any tension anymore. Two questions:

1.) Is it possible to remove the pin that holds the spring steel to the lever cap? On the front of the lever cap, just above the Stanley logo, the pin is perfectly flush with the face of the lever cap. On the back side there is a circle (rivet?). I am not sure if this pin can be removed.

2.) If the pin can be removed and thus remove the spring, would it be possible to re-temper the spring?

Thanks for your time!?


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#1 posted 08-07-2017 12:32 AM

I’ve never tried, but can’t see a good reason why all of the above wouldn’t be possible.

But the flip side of that would be do it bother you enough to try?

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#2 posted 08-07-2017 01:35 AM

Thanks for the reply, Don. I tried to punch the pin out on the front side but it didn’t budge. My setup for that was less than ideal though…I was thinking something like an “anvil” with a bunch of holes of different diameters would be ideal.

Here is a photo of the pin from the front:

Here is a photo of the pin from the back:

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#3 posted 08-07-2017 03:11 AM

The spring doesn’t really factor in once the lever cap is tightened. So I wouldn’t worry about it personally.

You could drill the back of the river out and ouch it through the front maybe if you really wanted. I would think that rivet is really in there though.

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#4 posted 08-07-2017 05:54 AM

Yes, it seems like the pin is not meant to ever come out. Is it possible to re-temper the spring with it still attached?

As long as function is not impeded I don’t really care, for some reason I thought it would affect the function.

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#5 posted 08-07-2017 11:09 AM

I cannot imagine how function (use) is impacted by that spring.

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#6 posted 08-07-2017 11:29 AM

The spring serves a couple of functions. It holds the lever open when off the plane, reduces wear on the cap iron, and prevents the lever from lifting the lever cap when it’s engaged.

If it’s lost it’s temper, it will only affect the first function, which in my opinion is irrelevant in use.

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#7 posted 08-07-2017 12:36 PM

It does look like that needs to get punched through from the front. If you have a block of scrap steel you could make your own anvil, but if you don’t, a block of hardwood could be made to work, it will just rob a little bit of the force. Drill a hole the wide part of that rivet would fit through, and if you want to, shape the space around the hole to fit the underside of the lever cap. Then with the right size punch you should be in business. I suppose a wood “anvil” might have enough give to increase the odds of breaking the lever cap before the pin comes out.

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#8 posted 08-07-2017 01:11 PM

One could always pick up another lever cap.

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