Thanks for the replies, I guess that would answer the question of can i use this for hand planes lol, cotton wood being softer then cedar, id say not. I suppose i'll just have to make something decorative with it then.
Only a 3 hour side trip to swing by and say what's up but you just totally act like you weren't even in the neighborhood. Thanks a lot, Ross, ya jerk!
Seriously, next time you're in Missouri, come on up to U-Pick and I'll get ya squared away.
The rabbet block is a low angle plane and it's not designed to be used as a smoother. You'll find it less than great on long grain unless you grind a higher bevel on it...but that would be kind of pointless because it's a joinery plane, not a smoothing plane. If you'd like to start surface prepping with hand planes instead of sandpaper, get yourself a #4.