Originally Posted by Jordan Cataldo
Hi folks, first post here! I'm new to woodworking and i'm finally taking a stab at my first project, a cutting board. I'm currently trying to plane down my pieces of wood so that they are nice and flat for glue-up. The problem is that every piece I have done so far ends up less flat than when I started. Yes, they are getting smooth but it seems, towards the end of the piece, there is more material being taken off. Like a downhill slope of sorts, the difference being approximately 1/16th of an inch.
Some info about what I am working with: Buck Bros. 9" plane from home depot (set-up according to a few youtube videos I watched and sharpened), 17" pieces of maple and padauk that are 1-3/4" square. I have them clamped with a black and decker work mate that is pinned against my work bench so it doesn't move everywhere.
Should I have a bigger plane for what I am doing or is this strictly a technique issue?
I do the same thing, if I'm not paying attention. I know exactly why, too. For me, here's what happens.
1) At the end of the board near me, I set the toe of the plane down, and start moving forward. Since I'm holding the heel of the plane up, I take a very shallow cut at the beginning.
2) By halfway down the board, the weight is evenly balanced. The cut here is deeper here than it was at the beginning, so I've started the slope.
3) In the last 4-12 inches, depending on what plane I'm using, I leave too much weight on the front. The toe dives off the board, the cut gets deeper, and my board stops being an even thickness.
Here's what I SHOULD be doing:
1) Moving slowly and focusing on getting it right.
2) Starting the cut with more pressure on the toe, but keeping the plane parallel to the board.
3) Once the heel of the plane is on the board, make sure I have even pressure on the front and back.
4) As the toe starts to leave the board, reduce weight on the front, matching the change in pressure to how much of the plane has left the board.
I can't say for sure that it's the same problem you're having, but it may well be.