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Forum topic by Billp posted 09-22-2011 04:17 AM 1384 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2011 04:17 AM

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I just built my first krenov type smoothing plane and have it set to take nice thin shavings. My question is after you have it set can you leave it set if not using for a while? Or should you release the wedge when not being used?My quess the later.

-- Billp

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#1 posted 09-22-2011 04:21 AM

I’m not sure if it truly matters that much. I would be more worried about leaving the blade exposed and it getting dinged…

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#2 posted 09-22-2011 05:58 AM

I leave mine in. I would be more worried about it falling out.

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#3 posted 09-22-2011 06:17 AM

The blade edge will move from day to day in relation to the plane’s
mouth, so plan on adjusting the plane often. But there is no
harm in leaving the wedge in firmly all the time.

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#4 posted 09-22-2011 03:29 PM

Hi Bill;

I leave mine ready to use, and store them laying on their side, just to protect the blade.


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#5 posted 09-23-2011 11:07 AM

I always leave mine in, but in some say I’m a sinner…
I had a Korean LJ buddy visit me, and he told me they always wedge out.
But yes the body moves so it might not make a paper thin shaving even it did last time. But this is back in place with a tap from a hammer more easy than to open a beer.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 09-23-2011 03:32 PM

Thanks guys

-- Billp

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