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Forum topic by ChrisForthofer posted 04-12-2011 04:56 AM 1740 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChrisForthofer

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04-12-2011 04:56 AM

I recently received a Miller Falls #9 smoother from my father. Its nothing special but I’d like to make it a usable tool again. Its probably mid to late 80’s vintage so it has a lot of cast and stamped parts. and sadly the lever cap is cracked. The crack runs right from the lever cap screw out to the edge of the cap and I’d like to get a hold of a replacement, nothing mint or special as this plane will be making chips not holding down a shelf. Anyone know of a source for such an item? Thanks.

Chris.

-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking


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knotscott

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 07:05 AM

Check Ebay. You might even find a whole plane that has a salvageable lever cap. The MF #9 should make for a really nice smoother.

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 07:22 AM

You can buy new parts at Highlandwoodworking.
I have seen Millers Falls two piece Lever Caps on eBay
http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/bench-plane-repair-kits.aspx

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 05:38 AM

The highland woodworking parts appear to be Stanley. Are they interchangable? Like I said, this will be a user, a servicable tool is all I am after. Thanks for the link and tips for parts.

Chris.

-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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#4 posted 04-14-2011 05:44 AM

You should be able to interchange the lever caps as long as they are the same width.

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#5 posted 04-14-2011 09:11 PM

Thanks for that info Wayne, I was somewhat confident it would from Bubinga’s comment and the fact that I saw some Miller falls stuff up for auction that specifically said they had stanley lever caps. I am going to attempt to silver solder the original cap and if that fails I will order the stanley cap from Highland.

Chris.

-- -Director of slipshod craftsmanship and attention deficit woodworking

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