Second chance to make shavings tonight. Have definetly discovered a few things:
1) if you intend to plane it make sure its clamped good and sturdy. If not clamped don’t try it.
2) body position is everything. I tried several different stances and just a couple of inches of difference in stance width made a big difference. To far apart and I tip over at the end of my stroke, to close together and I end up pushing down on the plane’s toe to hard at the end of my stroke——makes for less than a smooth cut.
3) Just like a hand scraper – if you are making dust – it’s time to sharpen.
4) Good light makes your “my cutter is skewed in the body” troughs show up very well.
5) skewing a block plane at a slight angle really does work.
6) sure is not as easy as it looks in the books – but sure if fun!
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine