No 6 plane setup

  • 04 Aug 2017 8:03 AM
    Message # 5011916


    i ordern my first no 6 Plane, and it comes in a few days. It is a mid price plane from German (Dictum). 

     now I was wondering if I need to flatten the bottom of it? and if yes: how???? it seems pretty big to flatten such a surface by hand.

    or isn't it nescesary to do so, cause it lies on its tip and tail?

    cheers from Switzerland


  • 06 Aug 2017 2:01 AM
    Reply # 5014627 on 5011916

    There is only 3 parts on the plane sole that is absolutely integral to the plane working well. The toe, the area just before the blade, and the heal. The area between those are not that important. The toes and the heal need to be flat and complainer to wash other. This is so the plane does not rock in use. The area just in front of the blade holds down the wood fibers just before the cut, which prevents tearout. As soon as you get the plane, turn the plane upside down in your vise. Use a trusted straight edge, lay it between the toes and the heal. First check is visual. See if you can spot any daylight between the straight edge and the plane sole. If you can, use a feeler gauge to measure how much. If it is 1or two thousand that I would call that good. Any daylight in the toe and heal are unacceptable. Any day light just before the blade is un acceptable. Just behind the blade is ok. If it is just barley out of tolerance, the get some sticky sand paper and stick it to a flat surface, maybe a jointer bed, or tablesaw top. Retract the blade into the plane but keep the same pressure as if you were about to take a shaving. Use equal pressure between the tote and the knob and move back and forth. If it is way out of tolerance then either send it back or bring to a machine shop and have it flattened.

  • 06 Aug 2017 4:13 AM
    Reply # 5014691 on 5011916
    Thank you very much, I'll try it when I get it and report how flat it was out of the box.

    cheers Kamil

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