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Forum topic by redmosquito1 posted 01-06-2014 03:06 PM 1077 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2014 03:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question blade plane

New here and my first post, been lurking for a bit though.

I read a fair amount of reviews about new blade sets for my one of my older stanley #4s and had settled on a Hock blade and chip breaker and woodcraft near me had one of each in stock according to online. However when I got there this morning they didn’t have the chip breaker just the iron, but had the matched set of the IBC Pinnacle iron and breaker. I settled on that and figured I’d file out the mouth of the crappier #4 (I have 2 from the 40s or 50s, the better of the 2 being the 4C I spent at least an hour lapping the sole to a mirror like finish)

I get it home, do some guestimations and file the mouth larger to get the blade through, but have now run into a major problem. That being the cap iron hole will not allow the blade to protrude through the mouth unless I set the cap iron a little over an 1/8” back from the edge. Which for a smoother isn’t acceptable to me.

I tried to shorten the frog by filing the seats but that didn’t work, I’ll be here for days filing. I don’t want to enlarge the hole in the chip breaker in case I decide to return it. I’m lost.

Is this something normal and to be expected from this blade set? I’m thinking of returning it tomorrow and just getting the woodriver #4 V3 for $50 more, or just pulling the trigger on Lie-Nielsen, but I really like the oldies.

Any help?

Thanks, and a great forum here, glad to finally join and make a post.

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 08:47 PM

It’s a little hard to tell exactly what’s going on.
Are you using the terms “chip breaker” and “cap iron” interchangeably—or do you mean to refer to (2) different parts?
Are you talking about the hole in the chipbreaker (which engages the end of the adjusting yoke lever)?

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 09:01 PM

Im using them interchangeably. Probably shouldn’t but I see them used that way often.

The hole to allow the screw for the lever cap to go through the chip breaker is in the wrong spot. It’s as if the chip breaker is to short by 1/8”-3/16” or more, I think I’m taking it back tonight and just going to get the woodriver #4 v3. But if I don’t have to I won’t. I’m just at a loss for what to do and can’t find any other cases of this online.

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 09:15 PM

sounds like that IBC set isn’t designed for the old stanleys. was it sold under pretense that it is designated to be used on old Stanleys/Bailyes/Bedrocks?

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 09:22 PM

Yeah, it says for Stanley #4/#5 block planes.

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 09:34 PM

my guess is that the added thickness of blade does not allow sufficient penetration of yoke lever to move blade over it’s complete travel.
It should be easy enough to lay old and new chipbreaker side-by-side and see if holes line up.

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 09:46 PM

I’ve only had that issue when I didn’t have the correct make of chipbreaker. I’m with Doc, they didn’t punch the depth adjuster hole correctly. Take it back.
I get my hocks from They usually ship them for free.

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#7 posted 01-09-2014 04:49 AM

Well, I couldn’t get it work so I threw in the towel and returned it. I had emailed rob cosman from his website link and he said IBC has a modified chip breaker to solve my issue and linked me their email address to contact them. Awesome response from him.

However, being impatient and needing to smooth a fair amount of cherry for a night stand I’m building I didn’t want to wait. So I returned it to woodcraft and picked up a WoodRiver No.4 v3, I figured for $50 more I’m getting a good plane with a good iron so what the heck. Plus I’m aboslutely addicted to collecting planes now, its a sickness, so I can never have to many planes.

So far, after a little cleaning (tons of oil comes on those things) and honing of the iron this plane takes amazing thin shavings leaving a perfectly smooth surface. I’m in love with it.

Thanks for the help everyone, glad to be a part of this great community.

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