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#1 posted 01-13-2020 12:33 AM

Hi Karda,
Not sure about the video you are watching but for your plane the bevel should be down. The cap iron – chip breaker (same thing) should be attached to the straight side (facing up) not the beveled side with about 1/32” of the blade exposed for most wood, even closer for tough grains. Then the lever cap (the part that you were calling the cap iron) goes on top of that to hold everything together.

To get it ready to actually plane – Sight down the bed of the plane (bottom) and use the depth adjuster until you just barely see the blade stick out so you can see if it is skewed. The blade should be parallel to the bed so use the lateral adjuster until it’s as close you can tell by eye. Then use the depth adjuster again to pull the blade back in until it just disappears into the bed. Now you can try to plane the board. It probably won’t take a shaving yet so just turn the depth adjuster a little and try again until it finally starts to shave the board. Once you get a couple good shavings then check out one of them to see if it is the same thickness across. If it’s thicker on one side and fethered off super thin on the other then you need to use the lateral adjuster just a tiny bit until you get a nice consistent shaving. Look up Rob Cosman has an excellent video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2urnuIOAS8o

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio


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