|Three pieces of purple heart on top of some cherry|
Tip #1: It's key to have a VERY sharp plane. I started by sharpening the planes I planned to use, and I probably got them as sharp as I've ever gotten them. I've come a long way in that regard.
|The Stanley #4 next to the diamond plates and strop|
Tip #3: Remove as much material as possible with coarser tools before trying to smooth the surface with a finely set smoothing plane. Because I had a lot of twist to deal with, I was able to use the wooden jack plane to remove some. And I had the iron set for a MUCH lighter shaving than I usually take with the jack.
|Using the jack across the grain, but I also used it with the grain|
|Using the try plane to get close to the lines. I think the heft of the try|
plane helped a lot in getting through the dense wood.
|I had to press down fairly hard on the front knob to keep the iron engaged|
|Pretty darned thin, but it takes a long time to plane|
I also did a little scraping with the #80 cabinet scraper - freshly sharpened - to level any remaining unevenness.
|Scraping for final flatness|
I'm interested to hear other people's thoughts on this. Please comment if you have something to share.
This PH was definitely the hardest wood I've ever planed. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), my current project won't require any mortising of the PH. I'll need to saw some short tenons and pare shoulders, so I'll see how the chisels do. But the planing was a great learning experience and will give me more confidence in the future when working with harder woods like this.