|From the side, trying to get the leading edge to the right shape/angle. Remember that the part that touches the blade has to have a back angle so that when it is tightened there will not be a gap.|
|Have a little clean up to do here on that face.|
|After clean up. On the left side, you'll notice that there is a spot that I didn't do so great on. For the purpose of scientific inquiry, I decided to install it and see what happens.|
|It looks like it's fitting ok. After taking the picture, I moved the back iron down closer to the cutting edge (about .015").|
|At that setting, I got nowhere. The plane immediately ceased operation. The close setting, in addition to having a slight imperfection in my prep caused the chip to go under the back iron. Not good.|
|But wait...this is a jack plane. It's meant for heavy cuts. I moved the back iron up a little and set up for a jack plane sized cut. No problems at all.|
I know a lot of folks are obsessed with getting those tissue-like shavings from their planes. That is not the intention of the No. 5. Sure, there's some satisfaction when you get a .001" thick shaving. But if you're setting up a jack plane for .001", you're wasting your time. Set that thing up for a thick cut, then follow up with your jointer or smoother.
So....that sounds like a good time to say wait until part three! I'm going to go through this again with a No. 3 smoother. My jointer is a single iron plane, so this back iron business doesn't apply.