I got to spend a couple hours in the shop this evening. A loft bed has taken a lot of my time for far too long. Prepping the headboard posts for the last 8 mortises was the latest sub-project. The posts are octagonal and have a bunch of leftover table saw marks from initial preparation.
Hand planing has been a very deliberate process ever since I picked up a Stanley #5 years ago. I generally plan each stroke, or series of strokes to achieve a discrete goal. Tonight was different.
I queued up some music and put the first post against the planing stop. I tuned out; about 45 minutes later I tuned in to the post in front of me. I had three planes lined up on the bench (jack, smooth, block) and 7 smooth sides of the octagon post. I guess at some point everything clicked--at least with stock narrower than the plane.