Setting a lever cap on a Bailey-type bench plane?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 05-20-2011 10:37 PM 1148 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2011 10:37 PM

How tightly should the lever cap fit on a Bailey-type bench plane?

I know that I can adjust the tightness by turning the lever cap screw, but I don’t know whether the lever cap should be as tight as possible or a loose fit is preferable. (Obviously a tight lever cap will hold the cap iron and plane iron more rigidly in place, but will also make it more difficult to adjust the plane iron with the adjusting nut or lateral adjusting lever).

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 10:46 PM

just so thight that you donĀ“t have to use force
to lock the levercap
you only need a litle gently puch with the thum to lock it thight enoff


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#2 posted 11-23-2011 03:53 AM

I have been told by old timers and experts that you should screw the lever cap screw down snug, but not tight; just enough to hold the blade and lever cap in place and then push the lever back to tighten it up. This has always worked well for me.

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