Is anyone using a Veritas PM-V11 on a Stanley No.3 (or 5-1/4)

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Forum topic by Mark E. posted 02-11-2014 11:54 PM 953 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark E.

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02-11-2014 11:54 PM

I picked up a PM-V11 cutter and cap iron set from Lee Valley to put on a Stanley Bailey No.3, type 16. Could not get it to work.

With the cap iron set at ~1/32” from the cutting edge, the cap iron screw bottoms out in the frog recess before the cutting iron reaches the mouth. Neither the cutting iron or cap iron are touching the mouth, so that is not the problem. I have tried this set on all of the No.3 planes that I have in the shop and also on a No.5-1/4 with the same results.

I have been working with Lee Valley customer support, but they are unable to figure out what the problem is. I think the threaded hole in the cap iron may have been drilled too close to the bottom edge. This seems to be the case when I compare the hole locations in the Veritas to the hole locations in the Stanley(s).

So, after all that, has anyone installed the PM-V11 iron and cap on a Stanley No.3 and got it to work?

FYI: all of the planes I have tried this set on are ‘newer’ models, Type 16,17,18, the 5-1/4 is a type 15. I don’t currently have anything older to try it on.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 03:40 AM

I had the same problem with my #3. LV ended up sending me one of every type blade they had in stock and told me to keep the one that worked and return the rest for credit. Unfortunately, the only blade that worked was a new Stanley blade.

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 12:28 PM

The problem I am having is with the cap iron rather than the blade itself.

I now have a Stanley cap iron(chip breaker) mounted to the blade and installed on the same No.3 plane and it is working as it should.

-- Mark

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