Holy crap, planing is hard work. Thank goodness for my trusty old Union #5, and this guy: http://blog.lostartpress.com/2008/02/03/Taming+Handplane+Tearout+Two+Addendums.aspx
I’m working on a hunk o’ flatsawn maple—nothing curly, just good ol’-fashioned cathedral grain—and it was giving me tear-out nightmares, thanks to a couple changes in grain direction. I was at a complete loss, and about to scrap my project until later, but I did a couple internet searches and found that site. I’m now a huge fan of cross-grain planing. That maple is getting leveled out, I’ve had zero tear-out since I started planing perpendicular to the grain, and the shavings I’m getting are cool-looking and jagged along the sides. Smoothing along the grain might pose some problems still, but I’m gonna see if I can get it done with a card-scraper. Now if only I can master the ancient art of jointing on a router table, I’ll be set. That in itself could pose some problems, I suppose, but if worst comes to worst, I’ve done a little pretty decent jointing with the ol’ #5. My far-too-complicated-for-my-current-skills project is coming along, slowly but not completely unsurely. Is that even a word? Eh, probably not. Okay, I think I can move my arms enough now to plane a little more, so I’ma go show that maple who’s boss.
By the way, I’d appreciate it if someone would mail me a decent bench, low enough for handplaning. I’ll even chip in five bucks for shipping it. Purty please?
-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris