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#1 posted 03-02-2014 07:04 PM

Take a 24” (or longer) straight edge and go diagonal on the sole. That will show you where the sole is flat and where it isn’t. As long as its flat at the first 1” or so of the toe, the areas just in front of and behind the mouth, and the last inch or so, you’re good. If the sole is low in other areas, it will NOT affect performance. If you want to get it dead flat, you can glue some sandpaper down to your table saw or another flat surface and start working it, but that’s going to take forever and its actually pretty easy to take the sole out of square. Your best bet would be to reach out to Table Saw Tom (Tom Bussey) and get a price for him to machine it for you. He does amazing work. His price generally includes flattening the sole, making sure the sides are square to the sole (only important if you’re going to use it for shooting) and he flattens the back of the iron. You got a very good deal on a nice plane, BTW.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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