I am trying to tune an old woody plough and had a question about the skate. Is it normal for the front part off the skate to be higher than the rear part or are they supposed to be even? This is my first plough plane and basicly I know nothing about these planes. Any info. on this is greatly appreciated.
I also have an old woody plough, so any further comments on tuning them/using them from the more experienced would be super helpful.
Kevin, I had the exact same issue with my wooden plough. I didn’t realize at first that the skates were not aligned in that dimension, but the plane would jump and gouge and skip. I finally figured out that the front skate was not vertically even with the rear skate. Since the skate is the sole of the plane, it seemed to me that they should line up (and I’m sure I read it in a Chris Schwarz blog post sometime). I disassembled the plough and placed the body upside down in the vise. Then I took a file and filed down the rear skate to match the front. I still have a few issues that I’m working through, but it actually works now pretty well.