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#1 posted 10-24-2012 02:39 PM

I will look into this. It wouldn’t surprise me if the body did at least contribute to the problem. The sole of the plane is purple heart laminated to a pine body. If you have ever dealt with purple heart in any depth, the with the grain/against the grain difference is very pronounced. Also, purple heart, at least in rough condition, i prone to splintering on sharp edges. So, if I messed up and put the sole on backwards, that could be a really nasty source of friction. I will give the Sellers method a shot and report back.

As for the leather, I hadn’t considered that, but I have seen crazier things work. On another forum question, someone told me to place paper under the blade to even out the minor inconsistency in the ramp that was causing blade instability. It worked flawlessly, so I could see something like leather dampening the vibration markedly.

Thanks guys!

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