|Forum topic by Brett||posted 04-02-2011 06:46 PM||4321 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
04-02-2011 06:46 PM
I bought a No. 4 Stanley Bailey plane yesterday that came with a lever cap with some chips in the front edge:
I’d like to know what options I have for repairing or replacing it. I’m mainly interested in the plane as a user, so I don’t care if all the parts of of the same vintage.
The plane bed has three patents on it, so the plane is evidently a Type 11 or 12. Can I buy a replacement lever cap from an earlier or later type? Should the replacement lever cap have the snow-man shaped hole, or I can I use one with a kidney-bean hole?
It has been suggested that I file down the chip edges so that wood shavings don’t get caught on the edges. Is it possible to get the chips filled with a weld or other metal repair, and then file them down so they are flush? (I don’t have metal-working experience, so I’d have to get that done by someone else.) Are there other options, like Bondo maybe, that I could use to fill in the chips?
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