Making Accurate Cuts & Maintenance
Here are some pointers for getting the best results with your plane.
Using the Plane
The key to making accurate cuts is to keep the plane upright and the fence in constant contact with the workpiece.
Start with a few short cuts near the far end of the workpiece, then move further back with each stroke, eventually making continuous full-length strokes.
What ongoing maintenance should I perform?
Apart from blade maintenance, rust prevention is the biggest issue. After a working session, take out the blade and use a soft brush to remove lingering shavings and dust. Periodically apply a silicone-free wax to the guide rails and the body to seal out moisture. Boeshield T-9 and Veritas Tool Wax both work well. Every so often, strip the plane down completely to give it a thorough cleaning and lubricate the moving parts.
If there is a risk of the tool jostling about in a toolbox, wrapping it in a plane sack provides some protection. Alternatively, you can store it in a dedicated wooden box. Blades are best stored in a small roll or wooden box, either of which will keep them safe and organized.