Hello: How flat does a jointer plane sole need be? I have a Record #7 that I bought on EBay a while back, haven’t done more then play a bit with it but put it on my straight edge and there is a lot of light around the mouth area. I half way remember reading somewhere about the mouth area having some relief from the rest of the sole. Probably just dreaming about that. Going to take it to Bobs Machine shop and asking him to flatten it straight across. I don’t have the time or energy to attempt it myself ( that thing is almost two feet long!). Is there an easy way to tell the age of this plane? The lever cap has a large brass thumb screw if that is any clue and the paint is almost too bright and fresh looking, like a cheap paint job on a used car to hide the bad body work.
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