Originally Posted by planemaker
Hi Alan. This was done to prevent the saw screws from damaging the top edge of the housings when dismantling. You will also note the slight radial left on the saw screw flats.
I like the looks of the flushed up brass on the wood, but yeah, once you dis-assemble them it's usually near impossible to get the washer side flush again, unless you were to flush it back up and finish it. For that matter, once you tighten a loose handle, that could happen also.
Do you use split-nut or screw? I don't think you posted a pic of that side.