Making parts #1: Liberty Bell nib

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Blog entry by Dan Krager posted 02-13-2020 12:43 AM 706 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a little project that takes advantage of my new to me metalworking capabilities. A few pictures along the way to making some Liberty Bell nibs and nuts. Not only are these hard to come by, they were made in an era where standardization was very local. Even matching the average of a range of sizes measured to a best fit international standard doesn’t make the nibs and nuts, new and old, interchangeable. The short of this is that while a new nib or nut might be close, the fit to an old part will probably be unacceptablet, meaning the two should be ordered as a set if you plan to order them from somebody. I’m not going into THAT business. It will be meaningless for me to tell you what size I’m using.

Here is the start…making the nib.

Got lucky,,,it fits the nut just right.

Next up will be machining the flats.


-- DanK All my life I've wanted to be someone. I see now I should have been more specific.

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#1 posted 02-13-2020 03:26 AM

Good luck on your journey to rebuild. I did the same thing 3 years ago and it worked well. It took some finesse but I got it there.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-13-2020 04:11 AM


Thank you for being so inspired!! This is an undertaking that is not for the faint of heart!

I wonder what the official Stanley name of this part is. Calling it a ‘nib’ is a name of my own creation.

These parts commonly got lost over the years whenever somebody sharpened the cutter or when the cutter got swapped out to another non-Liberty plane. Or vice-versa! They really are crucial to the proper operation of Stanley Liberty Bell planes. Er, how many of us actually use Liberty Bell planes, other than me? My #135 is among my favorites.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 02-13-2020 06:22 PM

Well done Dan! Looking forward to what you come up with :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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