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Posted on Finding a machine shop to flatten the sole of a plane

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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 04:51 PM

One more thing…

Remember to remove the least amount of metal possible. The more metal you remove from the sole of a plane, the less rigid the plane will be. The more metal you remove from the cheeks of the plane, the more likely they are to crack. You may not notice it, but a plane (especially a long plane like a jointer) will flex as you are using it. Cast iron is brittle. It doesn’t take much flexing before it will break.

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