I'm trying to build a dining table out of two pieces of Jatoba wood (Hymenaea courbaril) which has:
Density - 57 lbs/ft3 (910 kg/m3)
Hardness - 2,690 lbf (11,950 N)
info taken from https://www.wood-database.com/jatoba/
The boards have 495 x 1810mm being 61mm thick, which makes them about 40Kg each. They are in a pretty unrefined state, and I'm trying to make two nice pieces of 1500 x 450 x 55mm hardwood to be glued together with dowels.
My problem is I don't really have a workbench that can handle boards like that, and as of now I only have a Number 4 Stanley hand plane and an orbital sander if that could even help.
I was able to use two small tables laying sideways to make the wood high enough so I could hand plane in a comfortable position. The thing is I'm not having any success using my plane so far trying to plane in the direction of the grain, the tool is brand new and I have sharpened it to a pretty good state IMO in a 25-degree angle but I can't get consistent chips, only really fine dust like pieces that get stuck in my plane after a few passes, and they are kind of hard to remove without a tool carefully pushing them out. I hope it is possible to see in the photos what is happening.
I'm building a sharpening jig to get close to a perfect 25° with 30° bevel blade to maybe improve my situation.
Any tips for working or doing this on the ground?
I understand I'm trying to do a difficult thing with too few resources, but I'm just impatient for my University CNC Router to be available again.
One solution I saw was to buy a router and make a sled to plane the wood, but I was trying to avoid buying a new electric tool.