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Posted on Short Scrub vs. longer Jack/Fore?

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 03:52 PM

I have both a small scrub plane (ala Stumpy Nubs) and a couple jack planes. I used the #33 scrub on a beech 2×6 awhile back because it was a roughly reived ( split in two) plank. Scrub took down all the roughness in a short time. I then came in with a #5 wioth a smaller camber, at the diagonals. Finished up with #6 with the grain to get rid of the high spots. came back with a #4 to smooth the plank.

So, it depends on the wood you are about to surface. The #33 is about $10 or less, plus time to regrind into a cambered scrub plane. It is about a #3 size. The #5s i have (3 of them) have a varied degree of camber to them. The Parplus #5 has a Lot, the handyman #5 has some, and a Bailey #5 just has the corners knocked back, making it the “smoother” of the three.

Chris Schwarz doesn’t like scrub planes, he prefers to just get by with a jack plane. I like the scrub, because it is both lighter than a jack, and a lot quicker to get things done with. YMMV

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