Draw knife versus scrub plane

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Forum topic by JohnChung posted 04-12-2014 11:42 AM 2710 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-12-2014 11:42 AM

There are a few uses that a scrub plane rules.

1) Making scallop texture
2) leveling the board. A jack plane with a chamber plane has a similar effect.
3) General dimensioning.

However a drawknife will outperform a scrub plane when remove the width of the board when it attacks from the edge of the board. The drawknife can remove a lot of material off and still have a control cut. It can produce fine shavings.

Other common uses of drawknife are:

1) remove bark.
2) initial dimensioning of chair or table legs.

Please contribute your uses of the drawknife and scrub plane

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 02:55 AM

I’ve never used either…they strike me as tools for very different applications though.

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 10:15 AM

In most cases yes as both tools function very differently.
I really need to make a video on this subject and compare both speeds on the edge.
Once I have it done I will post it up.

Here is the drawknife in action:

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 02:22 PM

John, i have used my 40 1/2 on board edges on a number of occasions with great success. I set it for a very thick cut and can take a 1/4 to 1/2 ” off quickly. I have been considering getting a draw knife for putting cambers on corners of bench post and the like.

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#4 posted 04-13-2014 03:00 PM

@theoldfart – try using the draw knife in place of 40 1/2. The speed for the edge is amazing. The only drawback is the long sharp edge and don’t use too much force as it can be dangerous. Chamber on bench post, a draw knife can do it very easily.

Here is what a draw knife can excel at:

I am still keeping my scrub plane. There are other uses which the draw knife can’t substitute.

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#5 posted 04-13-2014 03:04 PM

I’m looking for a drawknife right now and will be using it mostly for removing bark, possibly some defect removal.

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#6 posted 04-13-2014 06:41 PM

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