Scrub Plane

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Project by docholladay posted 09-20-2010 05:06 AM 2661 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 06:11 AM

Very nice scrub doc.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 08:45 AM

Cool scrub.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 02:03 PM

Doc, that turned out really well and because you put the old elbow grease in it you’ll always cherish it. You did a great job. Keep up the good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 04:04 PM

Nice scrub plane.

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 07:09 PM

very niicely saved
once more it is proofed that good tools canĀ“t bee killed completly
hope it will serve you well in the future Doc

take care

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 09:39 PM

Who needs a #40 if you have this baby! Good going Doc.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 09-21-2010 09:17 PM

good restoration job on it, certainly brought back the original beauty :)
nice that you could transform it to your own taste and needs!
no doubt you’ll be happy with it

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#8 posted 09-22-2010 09:11 PM

nice work doc … ive been wanting a scrub plane myself and i think you probably just saved me $70 … i may just do the same conversion with an old wooden jack plane i have

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 09-22-2010 10:14 PM

One of the advantages of a wooden scrub is that often when you are using a scrub plane, the wood is a bit dirty or gritty. It can do a number on the bottom of a metal plane which is a lot more work to remove. Whent eh bottom of of a woody gets damaged enough, it is very easy to run it across a jointer (powered or not) and create a flat new sole.

Sadly either way the blade of either a woody or an metal plane gets damaged by the grit equally.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 10-02-2010 01:32 PM

I love old wood planes, they just feel like they’ve got a bit of history in them. Nice to see another one put back in service!

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