Erasing the red line

When milling wide boards, I often put a line in the middle of the board so I have something to target.  This helps me weight my plane properly so that I actually flatten the board.  

To quote Robert Wearing in his book “The Essential Woodworker” – “At the start of the stroke there is strong pressure by the left hand on the knob, while the right hand on the handle pushes straight forward.  In the middle of the stroke the down pressure is equal by both hands.  At the end of the stroke the positions are reversed … “.  

The way it was explained to me in my first hand planing class is that you’re digging out a bowl.  So my red line is the middle of the bowl and I work to make it disappear.

Six board chest tear out .. Bleck!

I’m still milling my boards for my six board chest and dealing with some tear out. 

Nasty tear out under shellac.
Nasty tear out under shellac.

I applied some shellac to stiffen the fibers and applied a high angle smoother.    The board is smooth to the touch.

Smooth after high angle smoother applied with shellac
Smooth after high angle smoother applied with shellac

Another shot .. whad ya think?

Another view