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Forum topic by tyler posted 01-11-2016 07:47 PM 395 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2016 07:47 PM

It’s been a while since I’ve posted or been on here but I’m having troubles. I picked up a No. 8 last year and finally got around to working on it. I picked up a new Veritas PMV-11 iron+cap iron for it also. The type escapes me but it’s pre-adjustable frog. The iron will not project through the mouth no matter how far back the frog is. So I have to file the mouth. I think I have to file the front but I’ve never had to do it so I want to make sure. Also where the frog mates to the bed at the front the two sides on the frog are all chipped and not as long as they use to be. It seems to be okay, however I’m not 100% sure. Should I just leave the frog how it is? The iron beds perfect, the frog seats perfect, no rocking or any of that. Long post for simple questions sorry!


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#1 posted 01-11-2016 07:55 PM

Pics would help, but here’s a short summary.

Leave the frog alone. File the front of the mouth only and very carefully—make sure to keep it square to the sides. Drawing a line with a square and sharpie works well. You do not want to file the mouth on the frog side and screw up the mating surfaces and adjustments.

Post some pics when you get it working. Good luck.

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 07:56 PM


You could try asking over in the HYOYD thread ( ). Bunch of knowledgeable folks over there that could give you an answer in no time.

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 11:49 PM

I wouldn’t have much to add to JayT’s response. I’d like to see some pictures.

To make sure we’re clear, the frog is adjustable, you just don’t have the screw to assist.

When the frog is all the way back, does the back of the iron hit the back of the mouth?

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 06:12 PM

Don, yes the iron hit the mouth when the frog was all the way back. I meant that as more of a further explanation.. maybe? Not sure how to word it. I know as soon as the iron hits the mouth it doesn’t matter where the frog is. I also meant that it’s just a little more tricky to adjust the frog without the screw. I spent some time filing the throat last night, probably less than 1/32”. It allowed the iron to pop out enough to make some nice whispy shavings. However I’m after a little more since its my jointer. I’ll file it a little more and take some pictures today.

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#5 posted 01-12-2016 06:37 PM

glad you got it!

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