Here is what the mail person hands you after you sign: a cardboard box containing a pine box containing a plane. Sticks take up the extra space in the outer box and a cloth wraps the plane. The pine box is a nice table saw box assembled with screws. Since I wasn’t doing anything else at the time, I decided to replace the screws with dowels and use the plane in the box to shape the box. Sandpaper was avoided except when sanding out the finish, which was “pink-martini” shellac (“cabernet” oil based stain mixed into the shellac, it probably didn’t dissolve but it became an emulsion just fine). On one box, I put oil under the shellac to see if I’d notice a color or depth difference; I don’t.
The planes worked just dandy as I knocked off 1/16″ to 1/8″ off the panels a few thou per swipe (3-4 gallons of shavings). Straight grain was lovely, end grain decent (the hardwood dowel end grain was nice). The panels did have some tear out where the alternating layers of wood came up at an angle to a thin spear point (if you have ever planed pine or fir, you have seen this). I used a not so sharp low angle block to do the bevels, enlarge to see some nasty tear out.
Next up was a plank of riven white oak. I roughed this out a couple of years ago and it has been sitting inside ever since. I used a #7 to remove the cup and twist (I may not think Stanley’s are all that great but they are useful). Then went at it with the bigger Lazarus. This is where the fine depth adjust (see part I) just rocks: Set for a fine cut then tighten the cap screw to increase the depth and remove the tracks and bumps left by the #7 until you are getting a continuous cut, then loosen the screw to get those nice fluffies. This is a finish ready surface. The plane was very pleasant to adjust and use modulo tote shape isn’t quite to my liking.