I couldn't resist making a little box from the Victory oak. It is dovetailed with discreet pivoting pins for opening the lid.
In order to add 'lightness' to the lid I created a taper that went from 8mm at the back (necessary for the pin) to just 3mm at the front. This was easiest and safest to achieve with a hand plane and I used my high angle smoother for the task. With the blade bedded at 57 degrees it guaranteed no tearout. Note the different type of shavings from a conventional 45 degree plane.
Here is the taper, I kept checking the front edge to make sure it stayed even.
A simple bench hook with a 2mm fence allowed plane the edge right down.
The result was understated and pleasing. Now I must get back to my more urgent jobs!