Although this part of the project was probably more than I should have tackled with my present setup, the big boys are done. A total after planing & rough sanding of 400 board feet and 25 hours. The 5 together weigh about 1200 lbs.
Although this was tough on the body, what skills I improved because of it has been worth it. I have gotten very with the hand planer (powered). In the beginning many gouges and uneven cuts. Required lots of clean up. I actually killed my first planer. It was a cheap one and with an inexperienced operator, it died on the second beam. But with a much better planer and a now smarter operator, I have hardly any clean up at all.
-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability