My plane addition is in full swing. I was looking at scrub planes and jack planes and eventually want to get a Stanley No. 7 joiner plane as well. But watching a lot of Paul Sellers videos and he’s a huge fan of the No. 4 for just doing about anything. And I’m a big fan of his. He keeps two No. 4’s to hand. One set up like a normal smoother, and one with a cambered blade, chip breaker set back, and a wide open mouth. He basically uses this as a scrub plane for removing lots of material and getting boards down to thickness. I actually had a short conversation with him via his blog comments and he said he’d soon be putting out a video on exactly this subject.
Well, I was able to pick up a second No. 4 for a whole lot less than it would cost me to get a similar quality scrub, so eBay got some more of my business. Just took it out of the box, and here’s what we have to work with:
It’s pretty gunked up, but on closer inspection, I think a good cleaning alone will have this baby looking pretty sweet. Everything turns and moves pretty smoothly, none of the screws gave me a hard time. Not really a whole lot of rust or corrosion and no serious pitting at all that I can see on initial inspection. I suspect that this might end up being in even better condition that my first No. 4. It’s also got the screw in the back for adjusting the frog position, which my current one lacks. With my first one, you have to loosen up the frog holding screws and move the frog by hand. The screw isn’t missing, just a different design I guess.
So this may become my dedicated smoothing No. 4 and I’ll see about doing the Sellers conversion on the other one. But I’ll have to give this a good cleaning before I make any commitments. Progress reports to come.