Relatively new to traditional, hand-tool woodworking, and though absolutely loving it, I’m having a bit of frustrations when it comes to planing the face of a board.
I’m able to get very silky smooth finishes on sides, and sometimes even end-grain, when my iron is fresh off the stones, but for whatever reason, I cannot seem to get a smooth face on a board!
I have been using a #5, and a #4, and I even put a camber on my #4’s blade to prevent the track marks. I cannot seem to get the face to be even or smooth when removing stock.
I’m assuming that it is either my technique, or my sharpening technique to be the issue. I always try to “scoop” out the middle by varying pressure between the toe, middle, and heel of the plane sole. My sharpening routine usually includes normal bevel and back flattening work, using Norton water stones, starting with 220g when needed, then moving to 1000g, 4000g, and then 25-30 passes on a strop. I’d like to get an 8000g stone, but cost is a bit steep at the moment.. I’m assuming that is not the issue at all.
Any thoughts on what I can try to troubleshoot this issue?
Looking forward to hearing responses. Enjoy the week everyone.
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