My New Roughing Plane

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Blog entry by Safetyboy posted 04-10-2010 04:53 AM 1840 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My new “roughing plane” – well, new to me anyway:

Stanley No.5C, not sure how old, but I got it as a “user plane”, so if it works is what matters. It’s nearly free of rust, and has a flat sole, so looking forward to using it soon! I want to set it up as a “roughing plane” to flatten wide boards that won’t fit on my 6” jointer… so now I have to figure out how to grind an aggressive curve on the iron.

I think I’ll try first with the original iron, and only order a replacement if I screw that one up – anybody have tips or suggestions?

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 07:33 AM

I have made myself a few scrub planes. I like the models that do not use chip breakers. Just an iron that is a little thicker.
I use my stationary disc and belt sander. I mark the blade with a black permanet marker. I use a soup can to give me the profile I want. I make the curve using the disc, DO IT SLOW and keep dipping your iron in water to keep it cool. Once I have the profile I use the belt and rock the blade to slowly sharpen the edge to the angle I need. ONCE again dipping iron in water to keep it cool. After I have the angle sharpened I take it to my VISE. I then play with my file, making a sharper edge. I then use my honing stone to make the final edge. When the blade removes hair from my wrist I think it is sharp enough.
THATS STRANGE my right arm is hairier than my left (What was I sharpening lately ?)

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 03:35 AM

Are you trying to turn it into a scrub plane. I didn’t put much cureve on my #5 at all. I use it across the grain and it cuts the grain as it goes. Does a pretty good job of removing material and leaves a decent surface that can be cleaned up with the #8. I never remove a ton of material so haven’t needed a scrub plane yet. There are some good youtube video’s out there of sharpening scrub plane blades if you search for it.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 04:38 AM

Mike – I’m trying to set it up as the “coarse” tool in coarse-medium-fine, a la Chris Schwartz – he says he can put an 8” radius curve on it and get curls 1/32” thick going across the grain. I have a grinder but never used it, just a little uncertain about the process.

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 05:03 AM

it’s easy i felt the same nervousness your probly feeling, but i just jumped in and it worked if you have a slow speed grinder you should be good to go. just draw a 8” rad on the blade back the non beveled side and grind starting from the middle of the blade and wheel and take it from there grinding more on the two edges. GOOD LUCK!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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