For trekie and Irontool (well maybe not Irontool since you like to fab your own stuff which is always cool)
You do know that both the shifter ,and brake lever ,can be bent
I read that 9 years ago ,when first coming to this site
use a lot of rags between the lever and 2 pipe wrenches
and bend lever to fit your desired angle of approach for your foot
I bent mine 9 years ago and there was no issues with the chrome on the shifter side
and the brake lever was not chromed , you need to adjust this baby for your needs.