Block plane missing cam lever

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Forum topic by m3rkury posted 02-03-2012 06:33 AM 1352 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2012 06:33 AM

I recently decided to get back into woodworking, and after reading some posts here I decided to buy a vintage block plane from Ebay. I ended up winning a Millers Falls No. 16 that looked in pretty good shape. However, when I received it, the cam lever from the cap is missing. The rest of the plane seems to be in good working order.

Does anyone know of a replacement / hack to take the place of the cam lever? If this is a “fatal flaw” of the plane, should I seek to return it to the seller (it was advertised as in good working order. No mention of the missing cam lever).

Thanks in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 10:12 AM

The lever is a specific enough shape that it is not something
you can easily make a replacement for. The lever caps of
many more common block planes will probably fit the MF,
but I’d say return it unless you want to get into buying
parts planes.

That plane came in a lovely knuckle cap style too.

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 02:21 PM

That plane is about the same as a Stanley 220. You can get one direct from Stanley for about$1.50 plus shipping.

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