Scrub Plane

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Project by woodworksbyjohn posted 01-05-2012 09:16 PM 3725 views 18 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas I had a scrub plane blade on my list from Ron Hock. Santa gave me the 1 1/2” wide x 4 1/2” long, radiused blade that Ron sells on his website. I used parts of his plans and also referred back to James Krenov’s book to make this example. The construction of it is very similar to the classic Krenov design with a few, obvious changes. When I started to research scrub planes I found some information that using the Krenov style didn’t give enough grip, I also found a picture of one that someone else made that inspired this design.
The main part is Walnut and the sides are Canarywood. The sole is a piece of Purpleheart, the wedge Zebrawood, and I chose some Ebony dowels that I had made for another project. This was an enjoyable project to make and my first attempt at making a plane. Shaping the handle and front knob was something new to me. This was accomplished with spokeshaves, rasps, files, and sandpaper. The handle (tote) was sized from a backsaw I had and the front is pretty much customized to how I intend to hold the plane. The way it is gives me the choice of wrapping 3 fingers around the front with my thumb and index finger around the knob or else all 4 fingers can be wrapped around the front of the plane. Over-all length of this tool is just under 11”.
If you’re interested in how I built this plane you can click on the link to my blog, then in the label section select “Scrub Plane” and you should be able to follow each step.

-- John Visit my Blog:

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 09:21 PM

That’s a nice looking plane. I love using my scrub, it’s like driving to fast or tearing things down with a slug hammer.

Nice job.

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 09:42 PM

I think that robust front knob is going to serve you well on this scrubber. Nice work!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 10:45 PM

Very cool, well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 10:51 PM

Nice Job!

-- Guy,PEI

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#5 posted 01-06-2012 12:14 AM

This is a great idea! I’ve been very close to purchasing a scrub plane (either Veritas, LN, or a vintage model), but haven’t yet for one reason or another. I think I’ll have to build one. I do like the front knob on yours.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 01-06-2012 12:21 AM

Very nice looking plane!

-- Jeff,

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#7 posted 01-06-2012 01:08 AM

Thanks all, I just took it for a test run and wow—- I’m impressed with how it cuts. It’s now on my blog but here’s the picture showing the size of the shavings and the tracks on a piece of Poplar. At first I tried to take too deep of a cut and the blade popped out, why work that hard anyway!

-- John Visit my Blog:

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#8 posted 01-06-2012 05:03 AM

Excellent! You might have inspired me to attempt to make one tto.

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#9 posted 01-06-2012 09:52 AM

Great job John, look forward to seeing this in the future!

-- Brian

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#10 posted 01-06-2012 01:28 PM

One of the nicest looking homemade planes I’ve ever seen!

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#11 posted 01-06-2012 02:38 PM

Very, very nice. The combination of the different woods is beautiful

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#12 posted 01-06-2012 02:44 PM

That looks gorgeous. Great Job!

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#13 posted 01-06-2012 08:44 PM

Very nice and well done.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#14 posted 01-06-2012 08:51 PM

I sure do appreciate all of the positive comments about the plane. It was an exciting project for me and you can see there is some of an infill plane influence to my design. That front knob really lets me get a good grip for scrubbing. Must be demented thinking but I’m actually looking for a warped and cupped board to try this out on!

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#15 posted 01-08-2012 07:07 AM

Lovely! Now I want to make one. Let’s go see how much that Hock iron is… :-)

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