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#1 posted 12-22-2011 04:49 AM

Start by making sure the sole is at 90º to the body and true. You want it straight and flat. You then want to bed the iron. Use a dry erase marker to mark the back of the iron and install it in the plane with the wedge set. It shouldn’t take more than a light tap to set the wedge then drive the iron down about 1/2” and remove it. The marker that rubs off on the bed well show you high spots. You want to end up to where the bottom 1/2” or so of the bed makes good contact with the iron. Don’t set the wedge too hard, it’s probably the most common mistake made by people learning to use wooden planes. To get the proper angle on the iron simply scribe off the sole. True the edge of the fence so that it’s clean and at 90º to the sole. You should be able to sharpen the nicker with a file. Plane makers most often tempered nickers so that they could be maintained with a file. If the nicker is too hard for a file, use slips.

Use an adjustable square to set the fence. I suggest you set the plane shy of your gauge lines for the rabbet then use a rabbet plane to work to your gauge lines. I believe this was how moving fillister planes were used when accuracy was important.

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