Paring down end grain with a hand plane can be jarring both to your hand and to the tool.

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Paring down end grain with a hand plane can be jarring both to your hand and to the tool. Cutting at an angle eases the blade into the work and engages more of the blade to do the work. The solution: I added a removable elevation strip to my shooting board to slightly raise one edge of the board as shown. Different thicknesses of elevation strips vary the angle to account for different board widths.
—David Brown, Germantown, Md.