I’ve fettled a few planes and picked up a Stanley Bailey #3 off of eBay recently. It tuned up pretty easily but the test cuts were odd. I started off with the blade apparently square in the mouth and the cut was strongly biased to one side. I ended up moving the lateral adjustment lever quite a ways towards the side that was cutting and this yielded a lovely full-width cut about 0.002″ thick. But the blade is obviously skewed in the mouth. I had disassembled and carefully cleaned the plane prior to this, and went back and re-set the frog and ensured that things looked square. But the blade still has to be skewed to produce an even, full-width cut.
I’ve not encountered this on half a dozen previous planes. What am I missing? And granted, the proof is in the pudding and the plane functions well. It just bothers me that the blade must be so skewed! Thanks.