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08-10-2018 08:05 PM

I’ve finally gotten around to restoring a greatly needed jack plane for myself. It is a No. 14 (because it is roughly 14 inches) Shelton, manufactured by Stanley post-war. It is the equivalent to a No. 5. I’ve gotten all the rust off, flattened all of the parts, but one problem is keeping this plane from being usable. The lever cap won’t clamp down. When the lever is in the down position where it should “lock” into place, it doesn’t. There is nothing from keeping the tension from shooting the lever back in the up position. The attached picture is of the lever in the down position, but one bump, and it springs back up. Is there something I’m missing here? Or is the lever just worn down and I need to replace it?


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#1 posted 08-10-2018 08:10 PM

tighten the screw a little . It is the screw that comes up through the lever cap. When it is adjusted properly, it should close with just a little force.
Mike

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#2 posted 08-10-2018 08:15 PM

removed 2nd posting

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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#3 posted 08-10-2018 08:30 PM



tighten the screw a little . It is the screw that comes up through the lever cap. When it is adjusted properly, it should close with just a little force.
Mike

- BlasterStumps

I tried that one already. No matter how loose or tight the screw is, the same problem occurs.

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#4 posted 08-10-2018 08:33 PM

It looks like it’s not sitting down all the way on the frog?

-- Aj

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#5 posted 08-10-2018 08:58 PM

Might be just a tad worn? Grind a new “flat” where the cam sits on the chipbreaker.

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#6 posted 08-10-2018 09:55 PM



Might be just a tad worn? Grind a new “flat” where the cam sits on the chipbreaker.

- bandit571

Well I can’t believe it was something that simple, but it was. A few passes with a mill file

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#7 posted 08-10-2018 11:41 PM

Good call Bandit. That was my first thought.

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