Upgrading Stanley Chipbreaker

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Forum topic by JohnChung posted 09-07-2013 04:01 PM 1157 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2013 04:01 PM

One of the main issue with the standard Stanley chip breaker is flexing while fitting it to the iron. Flexing was contributed by the thin metal for the chip breaker. I have done all the necessary tuning to the chip breaker and there was no shavings being caught between both of them.

The flexing did however never quite allow me to adjust to the magical 1/32 gap that I needed. When I bought the Veritas chip breaker which is a lot thicker and the tip is flat, I was able to adjust the gap to 1/32 without any flexing.

If you are in a spot with poor shavings from the standard Stanley, try upgrading the chip breaker. It will be worth it. I still use the standard iron from Stanley and it works fine. Not as tough as A2 or PM-V11 but a lot cheaper and very easy to sharpen. The iron can last about a day’s work depending on the wood condition or species.

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 04:31 PM

I agree totally.
This is an often overlooked upgrade to a vintage Stanley, which is both affordable and effective.

Moreover, it avoids the need to file the mouth for clearance (as is often required when both aftermarket chipbreaker and blade are replaced).
It also sidesteps the problem of inadequate yoke engagement in the chipbreaker slot when a thicker blade is installed.

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 04:46 PM

I haven’t done it in a long time, but sometimes there isn’t
enough of a hump in the chipbreaker so it doesn’t apply
enough pressure at the end. Put the end in a vise and
bend the chipbreaker more so the hump becomes
more prominent. Then it may work better.

I recently added an IBC iron/chipbreaker to a Lie Nielsen
plane. I haven’t reached a conclusion about whether
the iron is superior, but the chipbreaker is really
well made and an improvement over the L/N chipbreaker.

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 07:05 PM

I’ve got some Hock chip breakers and like them as well. Another thing to look for is older Stanley blades (V logo, Sweetheart, etc.) and chip breakers. Some times I come across them for a buck or two at a flea market.

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 07:51 PM

They are also pretty easy to make.

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