I’m sort of new here, and to woodworking in general. Got into woodworking with hand tools a year ago using a set of chisels, a couple of saws and a Stanley #4. I’ve since made a couple of tools to expand my collection and attempted today to build a joiner using a frog and irons from a #4 that had a cracked body and tote. It’s 24” long and ~2.75” wide. I flattened the bottom with an 80 grit belt on a friend’s cast iron cabinet saw which I know is flat.
I went to take the first cut with it, excited to see it in action, but it is acting really oddly. It bites in periodically and takes really rough, but thin shavings leaving undulations and bad tear out in the wood. It almost looks like snipe from a planer, but along the entire length of the board. This happens on both face planing and edge jointing. I’ve attached pictures of the plane and a piece of walnut. It won’t plant the entire length either, no matter how flat the board and doesn’t necessarily take shavings off the same place like it’s a high spot. I’ve tried a myriad of different cut depths and tried moving the frog forward and back to different positions to adjust the mouth size. The mouth size pictured is the tightest I’ve been able to get it. Any suggestions?
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