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#1 posted 12-18-2018 07:15 PM

Learning to plane is a skill that has to be learnt. I went through the same process when I started using hand planes. I got a lot of excellent advice from this site, but still struggled. What helped me the most was getting a few books on handplaning eg. The Handplane Book by Garrett Hack and/or The Essential Woodworker by Wearing.
Step 1 is to have a razor sharp blade, literally, if you can’t shave with the blade, it isn’t sharp enough.
Step 2 is learning how to set up the plane and tune it; even the “fancy” planes I have from LV and LN have needed a bit of tweaking before they were ready to work.
Step 3 is learning how to set the blade, the mouth etc.

As a beginner, if the blade is skipping etc. it is probably not the grain direction but sharpness and how you have the plane set up.

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