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Re: Zero
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Re: Zero ()

Mark Hennebury
Hi Brian,
i should have said zero-ish as technically it changes as you adjust the shaving thickness, and will still cut at negative clearance. which it would be if you lap it in the plane then tap the blade down. if you push down on the front of the plane when starting the cut it would be zero, but as the plane progresses over the cut area and you apply pressure to the back handle, technically the plane would tilt back the thickness of the shaving making the clearance a negative angle. So a very small honed edge would be best. And of course as you say the as the edge degraded it would not cut well for long. With the Japanese planes are a little different as the soles are not flat

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