I’m in the process of flattening my new bench top, made out of #2 construction grade doug fir. I am really new to woodworking, and didn’t pay enough attention to grain direction when I glued up the top.
I’m getting some pretty bad tear out with my #5 plane. I don’t have a scraper and can’t afford one right now (plus, that’s another thing I’d have to learn to sharpen, and I’m not doing so great with the regular tools).
How can I reduce tear out in soft wood, with knots everywhere, and grain going every which way? Should I just call it good and switch to my RO sander?
I did sharpen the irons using the plate glass and sandpaper method,with a jig, and found it pretty sharp, but I’m still missing something there. Might just need practice.
I have been sharpening the iron while working on a 6000 grit waterstone. And I have an adjustable frog, so I know what you mean by “closing up the throat” but I just can’t seem to get it right.
this stuff is hard! Fun, but a little frustrating to learn on your own by trial and error. Reading is one thing, doing it, even passably well, is another!
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