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post #1 of 4 Old 06-20-2019, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Lever cap - Notch or crack?

This is from an early 1900's plane (type 10?) Is the notch at the bottom of the cap supposed to be there? I haven't seen that before, but the notch seems smooth and uniform from the picture.
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-20-2019, 07:26 PM
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Nope. The notch is not a factory accessory. I will not affect the function of the plane. If it bothers you, look for a replacement cap. Grinding or filing away enough material to eliminate the notch may affect the performance of the plane.

Many lever caps are chipped near the center from their use as a screwdriver to loosen the screw holding the chip breaker to the cutting iron. This is quite handy, but a risky practice I do not recommend.
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That's what I figured. It's for an otherwise very nice plane on eBay.
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I agree with Red5hft's assumption as to how it got chipped. Although the chip is there, it probably won't effect the use of the plane. More importantly is to achieve a good fit where the chip breaker meets the iron so chips will be deflected upward without getting stuck between the iron and the chip breaker. And of coarse...a keenly sharpened iron.

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