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#1 posted 12-22-2011 09:17 PM

First things first. Congrats on a Beautiful tool and thank you for putting it to work rather than entombing it in a glass case.

I would use a smoother to flatten the edge of the fence and take VERY light shavings when I do it. This will get you more than flat enough. A light allow is ok but a hump in the center will make things go wonky.I would set up the depth of cut with the fence removed. Take a shaving from both sides of the iron and see if they are the same thickness. I would add the fence after that. Using a combination square to set the fore and aft sections of the back is pretty reliable.

If you decide to flatten the sole (I would use a smoother but a jointer would work as well) keep it 90 to the side as stated before and make sure that you have the iron in the plane (retracted to avoid damage of course) and wedged to full tension.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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