Thought of the Day - What a Grind

I tuned my first hand plane this weekend.  I have a basic Stanley block plane I picked up a while ago and have recently learned that I need to tune it to get it to work well.

The hardest part by far was the initial flatenning of the sole.  I didn't have enough course abrasive paper so I really worked at it.  The initial shot shows the factory finish about half flattened.

And a LONG time later.

And the reason we do it.