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Posted on flattening the sole of a plane

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 04:04 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! I don’t flatten the sole of every plane—just the ones that really need it, like the shorter smoothing planes. When I do flatten it, I like to start with a long sanding belt, usually one I used already on a belt sander. I use spray adhesive to attach the sanding belt to a flat surface, then just run the plane over it repeatedly until the whole thing is flat. You can mark up the sole with a sharpie to see where metal is being removed and where it is not. I’m sure others will have some different suggestions, but this method has worked for me.

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