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277758 gary allan may 2023‑09‑19 Re: Wooden plane shrinkage?
Hi Paul;

It sounds like your basement is fairly damp. If it's not a problem otherwise--
the humidity---and you're not going to 'fix' it, edge your irons. You can narrow
them pretty quickly on 36 grit garnet on a stiff substrate.
Garnet grinds fast, of course, but *The  Very Coarse Garnet Advantage* is that
it breaks down quickly into smaller grits and hides its own tracks---
particularly on steel---but also on wood.   In fact, when establishing new
bevels with a rolling guide like the Millers Falls #240, by the time a tool's
bevel is ground, it'll be polished and ready to hone.
Others may disagree, and will recommend widening the plane's throat. That'll
work, too.

       I hope this helps;   gam in OlyWA/USA

"If you were Einstein's father, we wouldn't have the bomb." Peggy Hill 

    On Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 12:00:13 PM PDT, Paul Winters
 Hi all,

I have three Ohio Tool Co wooden planes—a fore/jack, a 22”, and a 28”. The irons
and wedges of the two smaller ones won’t fit in the plane bodies after
acclimating to the basement for the last year. I am worried about a similar fate
for the longest plane, which is new to me.

Most of the internet seems to think I should grind down the width of plane irons
to deal with the shrinkage (?) in the bodies. A few people suggest filing the
bodies. Or would the problem resolve itself with more or less humidity?

Looking for input on how to deal with this issue. 

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