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#1 posted 03-09-2010 03:57 AM

You asked if the seller’s response is true. May be, but if his experience is that this is typical, he has had some great fortune in selecting planes. That is much better than mine.

.003 is flat as far as planes go. Look at all the planes on e-bay, in garages, at yard sales and antique stores. Most are worn much more than that, and they were making a living for the guy that used them. You can buy ones ground to the 1/2 thousandth tolerance, and you will pay upwards of $300. Unless you are extremely skilled in its use and the art of sharpening the iron, you will not achieve an appreciable better end product between the two.

Precision ground granite will give you a tighter tolerance. Float glass won’t, and it is still a great medium for flattening soles. When you consider the distance from the front of the sole to the iron, you will affect the depth of cut less than 1/ 100,000th of an inch if you have a .003 difference between the front of the toe and the mouth.



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