Damaged cap iron question

//Damaged cap iron question
Damaged cap iron question 2015-10-24T22:01:20+00:00

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    Danny Hale
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    I just bought my first hand plane. An old Stanley #4. It has a small chip on the edge of the cap iron. Should this affect it’s performance? Tried to upload a pic. Couldn’t get it to work.

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  • James Wright
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    Should not.

    As long as it is not that big (>1/4″) and it does nor develop a crack it should not affect the use. it just needs to apply even pressure to the chip breaker.

  • Mike in TN
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    I assume you mean a chip in front edge of the lever cap. You see this pretty often and it seems to be from use of the lever cap as a screwdriver for the blade/chip breaker screw. I haven’t found it to be a problem. If the chip is in the front edge of the chip breaker/cap iron then it can cause shavings to become wedged and clog up the plane mouth.

  • Danny Hale
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    That’s exactly what it is Mike. I had assumed a previous owner damazed it while using it as a screwdriver, just like you said. Thanks!

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