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#1 posted 01-14-2011 12:42 AM

crank49:

I’ve got one of those, too.

If you care (lots of debate on the subject), you may want to spend some time flattening the sole plate.

Mine was WAY out of whack.

In theory …

Draw a line around the perimeter of the plate, using magic marker.

Then draw a big “X” across the sole plate, from corner to corner.

Then, using 400 grit sandpaper, on something good and flat (MDF, plate glass), spend some time running the plane (blade IN, of course) across the paper.

On mine, I found it was VERY concave. I kept flattening until all but the smallest part of the crossing-area of the “X” was gone, and then switched to higher and higher grits, polishing it.

Next, I’ll wax the sole plate, and—since my blade (iron) was pretty sharp, too—I’ll polish that, and be done.

My quick review OF reviews found that lots of people scrapped their Buck Bros. planes because they couldn’t GET their sole plate flat enough. I “got lucky” ;-)

-- -- Neil


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