When I first started making the boxes for a show I ordered a couple of board feet of Quarter Sawn Sycamore. Based on the pictures from Woodworker's Source I've linked to here. Well, the pieces didn't quite live up to what I'd expected, which is rare from them, so I've kind of let them sit in the rack. I've had a concept for a box floating around in my head so I thought this may be just the wood for it. Well, here's what I found when I got the wood:
Let me introduce you to Winding Sticks:
|See the WIND?|
This is the one I made and love to use! Look at those shavings -- large and coarse; they remove the wood in a hurry. Usually you'd plane across the grain to eliminate the high areas of the board. The little hammer you see is used to adjust the depth of cut for this plane. The blade has a radius to it and will leave a scalloped shaped cut. To see if the surface is flat you can use the winding sticks or else lay it on the tablesaw to see if you've gotten rid of the rocking. If you have, the next step it using a jointer plane to remove the scalloped cut you made with the scrub plane.
|Jointer Plane, #7 Stanley|