Those gerbils are gonna be happy bunnies with all of those shavings you’re making Ken 😀 It’s good knowing your bench is progressing nicely. 😉
One set of tips for planing through knots is;
1. Ensure plane iron/blade is as sharp as possible.
2. Reduce set on your plane.
3. Skew the plane slightly for a slicing cut.
4. Repeat numbers 1, 2 & 3 😉 🙂
Presently subliminally messaging on SWMBO and the kids for a #62 plane for xmas 🙂