Reply To: Hand planing cherry stiles and rails


Remember, you can use multiple tools: Planes to get to flat and to dimension (but just a bit fat) and then a #80 scraper and card scraper to get rid of the tear out. You do need to make sure that the tearout isn’t so bad that you won’t be able to deal with it with the scraper. Being sharp, having the cap iron closer to the edge, skewing the plane, changing direction, using more diagonal-like strokes (watch out for blowing out the edge, “spelching”), and other tricks can all help.