The blade on my new rabbet plane is slightly wider than the body, and
I'm wondering if I should take it down to the exact width. This would
let me use both sides of the plane without readjusting. Any downside
Yep. It's wider deliberately to make sure it doesn't cut inside the vertical
reference and make a sloped (narrowing) rabbet. If you've got a properly
adjusted nicker, I suppose you could do without the overhang. I use two
pieces of paper to set mine. Two forward of the iron, two behind, to
support the body of the plane. Iron touches the table in between. Seems to
be a good setting, and easily done.
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