In the block plane there is no cap iron, the cutter or plane iron being placed with the bevelled side up.
The block was then placed upright in the vise, and the ends planed square with the block plane.
A 15-inch iron jack plane, a 9-inch smoothing plane, and a block plane make a very good combination for a beginning.
Next remove the rest of the wood outside the curved outline with smoothing plane on long sides, block plane on ends.
The top edge of the legs should be bevelled with a block plane to fit snugly against the under side of the top.