It's my first real plane, a Stanley #4 of current manufacture, made in
England. I've read lotsa stuff about tuning planes, and have spent a lot
of time futzing around with this thing. I've got it tuned to the best of
my ability, and I think it has turned out pretty well.
So now I've got the thing ready to go, and fooled around to get a feel for
how to set the iron just so. I'm making whispy thin shavings, and the
plane is just singing along.
So far, so good, but here's where I need help. The surface I've planed is
dead flat, but it isn't parallel to the opposing face. Not by a long damn
shot. I've been practicing all day, and I've shaved this board down to
about nothing without ever getting it flat. I keep ending up with
something that looks like this:
Of course it's not actually stair steppy. Perfectly flat, just angled
wrong. Not only across the width of the board, but along its length too,
so I wind up with something that might want to be a structural member in a
doll house built by M.C. Escher.
If I try to take off the high side, I eventually end up with a crown in the
middle, or wind up making the high side the low side. I've been chasing my
tail like that for hours.
The board started with a reasonably flat surface, and I was originally just
trying to remove some tooth marks. I don't think the plane is riding on
anything to cause this.
I have a really cheap face vise (one of those $12 Columbian deals from
Lowe's) with the board clamped in that, if it matters.
Anyway, I could use some tips here. There's a lot more to this than just
making whispies, obviously.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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