|Project by docholladay||posted 09-20-2010 05:06 AM||2048 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
I have wanted a scrub plane for quite a while. I had considered buying a Stanley #40, but in good condition, they bring a pretty good price. I picked up this old wooden jack plane in a lot of tools that I bought a while back. When I first got it, the poor old plane had been painted a really obnoxious green color. Also, the rear tote was broken and for a front handle someone had attached what looked like a common wooden door cabinet door knob. It had a good blade and there weren’t any cracks in the body of the plane to prevent it from being useful for something. The mouth was way too wide for fine work and since the blade is a little narrower than a standard Jack plane size, I decided that this just might make a good scrub plane. Anyway, the first thing to do was to disassemble everything. The original handle was completely destroyed and the makeshift front knob had to go as well. I spent quite a lot of time getting all of that horrible green paint off (sorry I did not take any before photos). Then I took some scraps of walnut that I had and made a rear tote and a front handle for it. The rear tote is patterned after the handle of my favorite back saw and the I went with a sort of european type of front handle. I then ground the blade to a nice camber as a scrub plane should have. It isn’t particularly pretty, but it works very well and is comfortable to use. If I need to hog off a lot of material this tool will get the job done. If I am doing lots of lumber, I will dig out the power planer, but for just one or two boards, this tool is the one that I reach for now.
-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc