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Posted on Short Scrub vs. longer Jack/Fore?

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 12:39 AM

Maybe yours doesn’t but mine do and traditionally they did. Jack planes are roughing planes. Some early literature uses the term “jack plane” interchangeably with “fore plane” and some early catalogs list both jack planes and fore planes. At any rate, both were intended as roughing planes. In traditional Anglo/American woodworking there were no scrub planes. Continental style scrub planes don’t appear in British or American catalogs until the mid 19th Century and they were called “Bismark Planes” when they show up. Stanley’s early catalog description of their first scrub planes says their use was to remove material from the edges of boards when the amount needed to be removed was less than could be easily removed by sawing.

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