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Forum topic by toehead posted 01-03-2014 03:32 AM 781 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-03-2014 03:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane slab scrub jointerplane question

I’m new to wood working and after a few frames,gates and miter bench I got the itch to work with a slab.its a 20ich x 38’’ x 3ish inch thick slab of cherry.after i bag it in tim-bor(to kill any bugs)for a week i’m gona paint the ends with latex paint and stash it in a empty bedroom with the fan on. I want to use hand tools as much as possiable on this prodject.I know a i need a srcub or a jack plan to start leveling it then a smoother jack.of couarse cash is tight so I’ll hit up garage sells and antique shops and the ole’craigslist….damm i’m long winded. anyway would a jounter plane be good enough to start ,or just make sure its along plane??

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 03:44 AM

to hog off the high spots a scrub plane will start, but a jack or fore or jointer will work, you have to have a Idea where the high spots are, so you will have to establish a start point, then start hogging

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 04:02 AM

Use a Fore or Scrub plane at 45 degree angle to the grain to remove the flat spots, and a jointer plane at 90 degree angle to flatten it. I use Fore and Jointer planes regularly, but I flattened my slab with a router. Here’s a pick of of it:

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 04:04 AM

thanks bowedcurly for the info.looks like a stanley 40 and a 7 will work.from the videos i’ve seen i should work 1st 45 degree angls then with the grain starting from the high side?I’m not sure wich side will be the top,probable the side that comes out the best.

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 04:58 PM

A Stanley #40 is a scrub, but if you want to save some money a #5 with a heavy camber will work as well. Use the scrub cross grain at an angle. Then (this step is somewhat optional) use a fore (jack) which will be a #5 with less of a camber. Across grain opposite the scrub lines.

Then a jointer to get it flat. For a slab the size of yours, even a #6 would work well. A #7 would also fit the bill.

Then a smoother. In the direction or the grain, and with the grain to avoid any tear out. A #3, #4 or #4 1/2 will work.

Note if your just starting out, you can grey the lines on what planes to use. You could actually do everything with a #5 and a few extra cutters. Or a #5 and a #4. Paul Sellers has often said you can do everything with a #4. Although I wouldn’t consider it ideal, I am an advocate of getting projects done with the tools I have at hand.

I’m not suggesting either approach, I have a plane tuned for each different step, so its just a mention that its not an absolute requirement.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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