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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 04:52 PM

The wide mouth of a scrub lets big chips go through. They usually have a single iron to keep stuff like a chipbreaker out of the way of the chips. The narrow blade makes it easier to push. Theoretically, you could have a wide blade on a scrub but it would be a lot harder to push. Scrub planes are what you go for when you don’t already have a good surface to start from and you are not worried about the finish. Think riven stock where you might have to take off 1/4 in or more. They can also be an alternative to using a rip saw to dimension lumber to width. A modified plane like the one Bandit shows does a great job on pre-dimensioned stock. To take out cupping or warping, this is an excellent solution. It is still not as aggressive as a scrub but removes material quite quickly and isn’t as hard to clean up afterwards. A scrub plane can leave a texture much like a chainsaw carving. The main time I use my scrub is to level a panel glue-up where the pieces may have shifted during clamping or stock was of differing thicknesses.

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