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Re: mouth question
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Re: mouth question ()

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
Isn't a mouth opening that would suffer those issues way beyond what would be necessary to prevent a shavings jam? I old planes I have seen a mouth gape open 1/4".

Returning to my question, does a tight mouth do anything positive if the close cap iron is employed? This question is important because "we" have been schooled that a tight mouth is critical. Read the Finck Krenov plane making book and the most of the angst of making the plane is fretting about keeping the mouth tight. I had a high angle plane that would not clear shavings with the cap iron set close. If the mouth isn't doing anything beyond preventing the problems you describe it can be opened up if shaving clearance is encountered.

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