As part of my $175 bench project I did a big glue-up of Douglas Fir boards. Over twenty boards went into the top and due to an oversight on my behalf I ended up bowing the top. In order to level it all out, I needed to take off a fair amount of material. I started to do just that with my number 5 jack plane but I quickly realized how daunting the task was. I knew I needed a better tool to tackle this beast of a problem.
I started looking around for a number 40 scrub plane. After going through some estate sales, yard sales, etc… I finally broke down and bought one on ebay for thirty bucks. It arrived dirty, rusty, beat up, and sorely in need of a bath.
I used Evaporust to take care of the majority of the corrosion. I then spent a few hours flattening the bottom of the sole and cleaning up the blade. All of this done over a sheet of glass with sandpaper. During the cleanup I noticed that the blade is of sweetheart vintage. Finally, I took the blade to my 1000 and 6000 grit waterstones to finish the up bevel.
Once everything was sharp I did a few test runs to see how it worked. It is so much faster than my jack plane! It chewed right through that Douglas fir.
Lastly I did the handles. I initially just cleaned them up with soap and water, after which I noticed that the finish was almost completley gone. I ran some sandpaper over it lightly to smooth out some bumps and then put on two coats of Tung Oil and one good rubdown of natural-tone wax. I’m pretty pleased with the appearance and the performance blows me away!
-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts