>As a side note if your impatient
get a band saw it would be much quicker :-)
>This does get me
one step closer to making a stool from a tree that will be this summers
Yeah, I've been working mostly in lumber from the firewood pile the last couple of months ... Rough hewing, even with a sharp hatchet, can be a real pain. I have gotten faster, and my froe-work has greatly improved.
Somewhere in here I intend to turn one of these larger bits of oak into a plane. I need something far shorter than a No 7, even shorter than my old Sandusky jack, but larger than a block plane for flattening this stuff. My 4 1/2 is tuned for tissue paper, and I'm not interested in messing with it. I'm thinking a German Style Scrub, and either two blades with different cambers or just two complete planes.
Still comes back to one thing, takes a bit more to start in the rough than it seems on TV.