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#1 posted 04-19-2019 04:34 AM

+1 lateral adjustment all the way to one side coupled with excess chatter tells me there might be an issue, probably between alignment of frog and base, or blade to frog?

Check the blade/cap iron first. Are they uniform thickness down length and on both sides? Is the center slot in blade actually located in the center of blade? If every thing measures right dimensions with calipers, then move on to the frog. If not, take it back to Woodcraft and get new parts.

- Remove the blade, is the top of frog flat, free of burrs, and square to sides?
No – fix it, or return the plane.
- With blade out, check the frog alignment to base. Is it square to sides, and front edge parallel to mouth?
No – adjust frog position and check cut quality again.
Yes – keep going.
Not that uncommon on old Stanley 2nd tier planes to find a frog not sitting level on the base. When this happens, the blade is shifted out of plan with mouth/base, and does not cut evenly. Your new plane could have same issue:
- Remove the frog from the plane. Look for burrs, or uneven machining on base and bottom of frog.
- Mark mating area in base with sharpie.
- Using some 80 grit sand paper, rub the frog on the base casting and check for even contact.
: If uneven contact, either take plane back to Woodcraft for replacement, or fettle the frog/base with files/sandpaper to fit well. Be sure to check if frog bottom is flat/square, before using it match fit and square up the frog to base to mouth.
- Clean up sanding grit, oil the bare metal parts. reassemble and test again.

IMHO – If there is an issue with frog/base casting that needs adjusting, this is unacceptable for new WR plane. If you were buying a Grizzly $75 plane, then you deal with it; but not for $200+ plane. Take it back to store, show them the problem, and have them show you the new one does not have same error.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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