I had a few minutes last night to do a little more planing on my bench top. I traversed the entire top using the scrub plane to take off the rough-sawn exterior. Big chips, light tool, easy.
The scrub plane and the knots aren’t on speaking terms, so I switched over to my Lie-Nielsen Low Angle Jack Plane with a toothed blade. I’m loving that tool. All the knots were sticking up above the surface at this point, so I worked each knot down individually. Then I started planing at about a 45 degree angle to the length of the top, still using the toothed jack. I worked the top surface in 1/3s, here I’ve made an initial pass over the nearest 1/3 of the top. At this point I’m still cutting off the top of the grooves left by Mr. Scrub. There are still a lot of low spots (darker areas).
The toothed jack is officially now my Weapon of Choice(tm) for attacking knots. Here is a close up of one of the knots that has been worked. I’m taking a really heavy cut, and the plane glides right across with just a little resistance. Slightly larger, heavier tool, slightly harder to push, slightly lighter cut, slightly not easy.
After perhaps three rounds of angled planing, checking with a large straightedge and then a lengthwise pass I have tho top fairly flat. Next step is to chase out a few small, localized lumps (that’s why the framing square is there, my straightedge weighs 10 pounds), then switch to the #8 to to flatten it further and remove the toothing. Hefting that plane is a total cardio workout. Really big tool, shavings not chips, seriously not easy.