To quickly and accurately position plane irons in a sharpening jig, write down the distance from the iron’s tip to the jig after you sharpen the iron.

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To quickly and accurately position plane irons in a sharpening jig, write down the distance from the iron's tip to the jig after you sharpen the iron. (I mark the distance directly on the iron using a permanent pen.) The next time you set the iron in the jig, you'll know precisely how far to extend it.
—Dan Martin, Galena, Ohio