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Yes..... if the belt isn't totally against the platen, there will always be a slight convex to whatever you grind. It's often not a enough to be obviously visibly, but it can drive you crazy when trying to assemble something that needs to be very flat (gaps will show).
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And thank you for yours...I appreciate all the help. I'm going to get started on the platen "plate"(?) this weekend while I wait on belts, couldn't find any locally.
Unless you're among the lucky ones that live somewhere close to a "knife supply" outfit, just about everything will be "ordered". Depending or where you're located, my recommendation for belts is Tru-Grit if you're west of the Mississippi, and Pop's Knife Supply if your east of the Mississippi. Nobody can match the prices that Tru-Grit offers, but being in California, shipping can be a week or more for those in the east.
I live in NY and ordered on a Friday from Tru-Grit Monday I got my package.
For your glass platen liner, go to eBay, and type "Robax" into the search bar. Sort for lowest price, and you'll find a seller with the absolute best prices I've seen anywhere. Make sure you follow the ordering instructions so that you get the correct length, and I'd recommend buying 2 or 3 so you have a spare down the road. They wear VERY slowly, but they do wear.