I am a new woodworker learning how to dimension and square wood through hand tools. I have access to a lot of beech wood but it seems extremely hard to dimension it. Starting with rough lumber and diagonal planing, I can get it almost flat but after that it’s very difficult to proceed. The problem is that after a certain point I can’t get any shavings unless I set the plane to deep. The plane just glides on the surface and more than often, when it bites, it gets jammed. I have to fight the wood and apply way to much pressure and the result is really bad.
For comparison, with the same plane, same level of sharpness and same technique, dimensioning oak is hard but quite fun!
FYI the stock I am trying to square is about 3′ long x 5″ wide and 2 1/4″ thick
Is it beech, is it me? Any thoughts are welcome!
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