Hand Tools

Subject:
Questions on sole flattening

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
It seems common to buy a Stanley plane that someone may have been using successfully and flatten its sole as a step in refurbishing it. The question relates to if, or when, this step provides value in performance.

Influenced by this tradition I attempted flattening a 605 some years ago, wound up with less flat than when I started and had a machinest friend surface grind it flat.

I never messed with any other planes. In my pedestrian planing they all work satisfactorily.

1. So, how flat is essential for peak, or acceptable, performance?

2. Related, if a novice planer is using an unacceptably unflat plane what would they experience that would tell them they need to flatten it?

3. If an experineced planer is using an unacceptably unflat plane what would they experience that would tell them they need to flatten it?

4. How do you flatten a plane on sandpaper glued to something flat without overcutting the leading or trailing edges?

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