Jeez, I hate waiting for finish to dry. So I didn’t and started to use the plane. Made some much needed ergo improvements. Verdict: it sure works well. In this photo, I’m planeing a chunk of oak flooring against the grain. No tear out and a very smooth surface.
Next up: birds eye maple flooring (yes, birds eye maple flooring. And this is scrap from a job that involved thousands of square feet of it). Here we have a 55º bevel down smoother (2” x 1/4” iron) and a 55º bevel up smoother (1 1/4” x 1/8” iron), both set to approximately the same depth of cut. As far as I could tell, no difference, both were able to do a very nice job (ie very smooth, no tear out, finish ready).