I am going to make a couple of Morris chairs over the next year; as prep, I purchased a Lie-Nielson medium shoulder plane.
Wow – that thing works! So I went back and picked up the low-angle block plane as well. that also works. I have come to the conclusion that if you are beginner at hand tools, you have to buy really good ones – or at least use some – to even know what is possible. If you are a pro, you can probably save a bunch by doing other things, but for a beginner, it is kind of like diving in the deep end where the sharks are. Suddenly, I understand the comments about using a plane to get rid of machine marks – previously if I used a plane I would need to do the other way around :-(
I had a small ‘Bailey’ block plane, but after several afternoons spent lapping the bottom is still not flat, nor is the blade. The blade is also about 1/2 the thickness of the LN blade and I have a really hard time getting the blade in that one or in the other Stanley (also from home depot) to stay put while I plane.
If you are a beginner at hand planes, I recommend splurging – my eyes are opened to a whole new world.
I’m off to the workshop to go make more shavings.