I have a "Handyman" plane that was my dad's. I recently tuned this plane, or thought I did. I cleaned the body and all parts, sharpened the blade (25 deg) using sandpaper up to 2000 grit on a flat marble slab and flattened the sole.
I adjusted the chipbreaker so it is approx 1/32" back from the edge of the blade and set the blade so that there is approx 1/16" clearance from the front of the opening and parallel.
However, when I attempt to plane hardwood stock (maple, oak, hickory), instead of a nice smooth shaving, I get tearout, divots taken out of the stock. I have tried readjusting the blade and chipbreaker to no avail.
This may be a problem with the plane or with the operator. I've never used handplanes before. I secure the stock to the bench (I might add that I really don't have a good bench and usually use a WorkMate with plywood attached to the top) and try to use a good stance and follow through as I have read about and seen in videos. I can't even get one stroke down the length of the stock before the blade apparently digs in and lifts a divot.
Any suggestions or ideas? I would really like to be able to use this plane, which I realize is not one of the best in the world, but it seems that it should be able to plane a flat surface. I'm stymied.
BTW, I used it on the edge of some pine and it seemed to work ok there.