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I am making a birdhouse and wanted to ensure that the two sloped sides of the box were the same height so the top flap would sit flat on both sides. I grabbed a block plane to do this and had really horrible tear-out. Thankfully, I was able to rip the oops mostly off and finished the job with a sander, but I feel like this is something I should be able to do with a block plane, but maybe my technique was wrong.
Is there a way to plane on an end grain that will eliminate tear-out, or is it a universally bad idea and one should go for the sanding pad instead?