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Forum topic by Marty5965 posted 03-18-2013 11:56 AM 1789 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2013 11:56 AM

Well I bid on a brand new LN 40 1/2 scrub plane on EBay and won it. It was a good price and I’m not complaining but, truth be told I only bid because it was a LN and now, having looked at a few videos about it, I am not sure I will use it that much. I have a nice smoother and jointer plane and am in the bidding for a Junior Jack so I think this scrub might be redundant. Anyone have any thoughts that might make me feel better about a (possibly) bad decision? I have no stationary milling capability btw.

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 12:10 PM

Well, they are fairly easy to sell on woodworking forum classifieds….you might even come out ahead.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 12:11 PM

If your going to be thicknessing boards by hand, I would think you would really appreciate a scrub plane. It’s made to remove a lot of material in a hurry. You can do similar operations setting up other planes differently, but it’s always convenient to be able to leave your planes set up and reach for a specific plane for a specific job rather than constantly changing out blades, changing mouth settings and the like.

Try using it for a while, if you don’t end up getting much use out of it, you can always resell. LN’s hold their value pretty well.

-- John

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 12:17 PM

It’s a perfectly good tool, and if you learn how to use a scrub plane as part of your process I’m sure it will work for you. The scrub place is part of one of two main methods of stock preparation. As I understand it the scrub plane was a continental Europe thing and in England they used a fore plane instead. I might skip the jack if I had the scrub, at least until you get used to it. Or just stay low on your bidding for the jack. Incidentally, I read the main use of a scrub was to very quickly bring boards down to width rather than ripping a narrow portion with a saw. I’m not sure how much they used it for thicknessing back in the day then or what they used for that.

I should also add it doesn’t entirely matter what it was historically used for, it is helpful for thicknessing.

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 02:39 PM

Not for me to say whether you did or did not screw up.

If I bought a tool just because of its brand name and not knowing what it does and how I was going to use it I would say I screwed up, regardless of the price.

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 03:23 PM

I would disagree with crank, there are times when something shows up at a great price and you can find a use for it later…

I recently spoke with a man who collected the whole set of LN planes. I asked him if he ever used the #1 or #2 (they sure don’t fit in my hands) and he said no, he just wanted them to complete his set.

Not everyone is taking food out of their children’s mouths when they buy a tool they want.

Celebrate your win, you will find it useful – I have one and use it sparingly, but when I need it, it sure works well!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 04:30 PM

I have one and its incredibly efficient when surfacing boards by hand. If I have a board that does not fit in my jointer, I will use that to flatten/joint one face by hand. It will take a few minutes to do.

You can follow up with a jack plane and then a jointer plane and smoother or simply put your board jointed face down in your planner to thickness it. I found that just flattening with the scrub plane is enough to then be able to bring it to the planner.

After I have done a few passes on the top face, I start alternating faces in my planner and I end up with a flat board.

-- Yves

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#7 posted 03-18-2013 04:34 PM

Thanks guys. I am just setting up my shop and don’t really have the space for a jointer and planer so I will have to dimension by hand if I want to use rough cut lumber so I think I will see how it goes. I like the thought of having the scrub for major stock removal, the jack for initial trueing and the jointer and smoother for finishing. Appreciate the input!

-- Marty, Columbus, OH, learning every day....

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#8 posted 03-18-2013 04:44 PM

Warning: A Scrub plane makes a big pile of shavings

in a hurry.

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

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#9 posted 03-18-2013 04:45 PM

If you have a board with a twist, it is much easier to shim the bottom on the worktable and remove the offending twist with a scrub than fighting with it on a jointer. Not to mention that you remove a lot less material this way.

Just about anything a jointer can do a scrub plane will do as well, coupled with a straight edge, winding sticks a scrub plane can be a wonderful tool.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#10 posted 03-18-2013 04:56 PM

Scrubs rule. Try it out, and you’ll see.

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

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#11 posted 03-18-2013 05:07 PM

In the picture above: I was working from left to right, across an oak plank that I had rived out. Look at the before area to the right, and compare to the after area to the left of the plane. Just working my way down the length of the board, to make it flat enough for a leg vise part.

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

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Chris P

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#12 posted 03-18-2013 06:17 PM

I have a Veritas Scrub Plane that was a gift from my wife. I had the same thought as you a few weeks ago but I used it this weekend and remembered why I wanted it in the first place. I don’t use it that often but when I need it I’m glad its there.

-- Chris, Long Island

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#13 posted 03-18-2013 06:44 PM

Amazing how quick buyer’s remorse sets in??? I guess we all have suffered it at least more than once in our lifetime.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#14 posted 03-18-2013 08:09 PM

I have the same thoughts as Chris. I don’t use mine alot, but when I do I’m glad I have it. Besides all the uses listed above its great for getting a layer of crap off reclaimed lumber quick.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 03-18-2013 08:16 PM

One other use is if you want to leave a table top with a nice scalloped surface, you can run over it with the scrub plane and then smooth it part of the way with a jack/smooth plane.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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