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Forum topic by mak posted 621 days ago 1721 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mak

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621 days ago

The only power tool I currently own is a bandsaw. I also have been using a couple of hand planes but am finding it time prohibitive to get the stock to the right thickness using the planes I currently own. Would it be possible to smooth one face and then resaw the piece a little proud of the desired thickness and then smooth the resawed face? I’d like to get by with what I currently own in the most efficient manner possible.


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ksSlim

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#1 posted 621 days ago

Yep, it works fine at my place.
Depending on the BS blade, how much work I have with the plane.
Saw early, planes make little noise to bother the neighbors later in the day/evening.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Brandon

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#2 posted 621 days ago

That method is possible, especially if you plan on taking off a lot of material. If you purchase a scrub plane, you can also plane down the material much faster before smoothing it out.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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mak

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#3 posted 621 days ago

I am taking off 1/8 to 1/4. A scrub plane is on the wish list but not in the cards in the near future.

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Don W

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#4 posted 621 days ago

What do you currently have for planes?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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mak

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#5 posted 621 days ago

A low angle jack and a low angle block are the planes currently in the arsenal. If I get even a little aggressive with the low angle jack I end up chipping off pieces of the edge of walnut and maple when I plane perpendicular or diagonal to the grain. If I back the blade off, I can avoid this but I am taking very thin shavings. The low angle jack works like a dream for smoothing and planing with the grain. At this point I am very good at smoothing both faces but downright terrible at removing enough wood to get the stock down to the right thickness. I have also been successful ripping and resawing thin consistent widths on the bandsaw.

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David Kirtley

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#6 posted 620 days ago

The way you mentioned, will work but once you have tried a scrub, you will be amazed at how efficiently it will remove wood. If the budget doesn’t allow, you can hack together a Krenov style plane with a block plane iron with a big camber. A cheap block plane iron is like $3 at HD. Shouldn’t be too much of a barrier. Nice wide mouth. This is not a precision tool we are talking about.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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bandit571

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#7 posted 620 days ago

I got a H-F #33 plane that cost about $9, maybe $10. I re-ground the iron into an 8” radius camber. Mouth was plenty large enough, so now, thanks to Stumpy Knubs and his little video, I have a #3 sized scrub plane.

seen here, working down some Beech…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Loren

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#8 posted 620 days ago

Sure, you can do it, and get some great exercise
in the process.

I sometimes use a handheld electric door planer to
flatten and thickness wide boards. Quicker and
less sweaty than using a scub plane.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 620 days ago

The funny thing about that is a good set of hand planes will set you back more than a used 13” planer. Eventually, you will want both.
For panels wider than my planer, I take them to a local wood shop with a 50” oscillating drum sander.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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shampeon

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#10 posted 620 days ago

Bandit is on it. That cheapie HF is perfect for a scrub, and you will wonder why everyone doesn’t have one.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Dave

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#11 posted 620 days ago

Any cheap plane, used or new is a great donor for a scrub.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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mak

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#12 posted 619 days ago

What is the easiest way to get a 3 inch camber on a cheap plane if I don’t own a grinder? The coarsest water stone I have is 220.

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MonteCristo

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#13 posted 619 days ago

Grinders are dirt cheap these days, although they probably won’t take really heavy use. Hard to get by without one if your time is worth anything. Same goes for a thickness planer. Obviously it’s possible to do without; just a matter of how much you are willing to suffer / do it the old way.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Don W

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#14 posted 619 days ago

Send it to me with a $5 bill (return shipping)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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