Santa popped a new Groz JP-5 Jack Plane into my stocking. Amazing what long ears he has!
It is 14″ long with a 2″ blade and the box says “Used for preliminary squaring of rough timber & stock removal”.
I haven’t done any lapping/filing/tuning yet. I just hollow ground the edge to 25 degrees and honed to 30 deg. A problem immediately surfaced.
In order to be able to fully retract the blade the chip breaker must be within about 3/64″ from the edge. Any more and the blade protrudes from the sole at the minimum setting.
When I try to use the plane like this It is difficult to adjust the depth of cut and the throat tends to block up. Another similar plane in the shop had the same characteristics.
There’s no problem with the shop. They asked me “What do you want to do about it?”. So my question is “Is this normal or is the plane defective”. I have tried adjusting the frog but this has no effect.
Could somebody advise me please?