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#1 posted 07-10-2017 12:53 PM

As noted, insert the wedge and iron at the same time, then gently tap the wedge to set it. If you need to adjust the iron lower, gently tap only the iron. It will move downward. A little trial and error will get it where you want it. You probably already know this, but just to be sure: When removing the wedge and iron, hold the plane upside down and tap the HEEL of the plane with a wooden mallet. They’ll come right out.
Isn’t it amazing how long these great old wooden bodied planes last? And it’s really special when they have family history attached to them. I have a fore plane which belonged to my Great-grandfather’s brother, which he bough second-hand sometime in the 1880s. This plane was used to build the house that my father was born in, back in 1918.
I hope you’ll let us know how you make out with this heirloom plane!

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