‘Planing the Type Forme.’

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To plane the type in letterpresss  printing is to put a flat block of wood a PLANER, on top of the set hot metal type or foundry type on the imposition stone and tap it gently with a mallet.
This to make sure that all the type is the same height prior to printing.

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via Printing words.

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