Hi. I have to admit that the hand plane to me continues to be a mystery. I can sharpen for sure but when I start to look at the plane and the various parts, there is a part of my brain that is either underdeveloped or is just plane (pardon the pun) stupid. I would like a resource that would start me at about zero and take me through not only what things should be considered in choosing a particular plane but how to maintain and set up a plane for optimal use. Simple things like how big to set the mouth opening, what the frog does etc.
I remember my grandfather sung his planes (and I have some of them) – they always performed well in his hands -like they were extensions of him. I’m not nearly as facile with them and part of it seems to be that I don’t really understand them – sources?
Thanks for your advice