Thanks again for all the comments and tips, appreciated as always. Quick update from today. Conquered my fear of planes, watched a few YouTube clips by Paul Sellars and got the plane set up spot on. What a difference. I've a much better understanding of grain now as well after discovering that I'd put the blanks together with the grain running opposite ways. There was a bit of a bow in the wood so not sure if I'd overclamped or not. Noticed a bit of tear out but nothing major. Only issue was a small knot but that can be filled. http://www.tdpri.com/attachments/img_2700-jpg.408543/?temp_hash=ff50f0ff7f18628b9c157981d726c842 http://www.tdpri.com/attachments/img_2701-jpg.408544/?temp_hash=ff50f0ff7f18628b9c157981d726c842 http://www.tdpri.com/attachments/img_2703-jpg.408545/?temp_hash=ff50f0ff7f18628b9c157981d726c842 Once planed flat I transferred the outline to the blank and got the bandsaw out. I've now discovered my bandsaw is crap the blade kept jumping off the wheels as soon as any pressure was applied. I've watched a load of set up clips and as far as I can tell the top and bottom guides are set and blade tension seems fine. The cut when it worked was vertical so no issues there. When I opened the saw up I realised the bushes on the top wheel and the drive wheel are shot as well as the housing on the wheels I've looked on the net for replacements but it seems the saw is too old. Not sure if you guys have any ideas, I don't want to spend too much on an old saw. I guess the jigsaw will have to do for now until I can afford something better. That kinda put a stop to the days proceedings, hopefully my router bit will be here for next weekend so I might route the cavities before cutting out the blank. Well off to work now so no updates till I get back at the weekend. Cheers folks.