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Posted on Stanley 9 1/2 with an adjustable mouth plate ?

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David Taylor

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 10:53 PM

For taking thinner or thicker shavings The plate holds down the wood that the blade wants to lift and split of fthe stock as the plane moves forward. For a very thin shaving, you want the wood supported as close to the blade as possible. For a thicker shaving, usually used for rougher work, that support can be moved out from the blade some.

A few thoughts on the subject, encompassing both block planes and others:

http://virginiatoolworks.com/2012/07/28/open-vs-closed-mouth-the-adjustable-plane-facts/

https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/blog/486/title/The+Case+Against+An+Adjustable+Mouth+On+A+Plane

http://www.walkemooretools.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Understanding-Hand-Planes.pdf

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