I need some help from you more experienced shapers. I am hobbyist shaper/glasser. I've done about 15 boards, each successive board is a little better than the last.
When I started out shaping I would only use the planer to skin the board then do most of the shaping with a sanding block. I want to get better at shaping more with the planer.
One thing I haven't figured out yet is when planing the nose of a shortboard where the rocker disengages the blade of the planer I've seen shapers go at an angle to engage the foam. when I pass over the stringer I will get chunks of stringer busted out from planing from rail to rail. I have no problem on the rest of the deck or the bottom of the board.
Has this happened to any of you before? How do you avoid this?
I have a planer that my wife got me for chirstmas years ago from home depot, Dewalt hand planer. I can't imagine that's why. I know there are planers more suited for surfboards but my understanding is that those have rounded edges to allow more free flowing movements over the foam. The actual blade isn't any different is it?
A big thanks for all you guys who answer questions. I can spend hours exploring this site. And I can credit a lot of my successes in shaping and glassing to this site as well.