For this fourth part I have made a scrub plane. I think that this type of plane is an essential tool to have in your workshop. With its heavily cambered blade it can remove lots of material quickly.
I’ve been given a crosscut saw and, as usual, it was in bad shape. The teeth was on an arc, the plate wasn’t straight and the handle was grey. After quite a bit of work sharpening, I ended up with a saw where all set was gone (or close).
Now I know the kind of plane that I want to try to built. The following construction is supposedly for a prototype but the end result is pretty good. I didn’t use beech for the construction thinking that I would require more practice before being able to build a good plane.
This smoother will be done with sugar maple laminated that I have in my shop. All the fabrication will also be done with manual tools (as usual) that I already have and I will be able to see if I need to buy some specialized tools.
I’ve never owned a decent wooden plane and my opinion was that they just don’t work well. Not like cast steel planes. After attempting to built one, I was quite please with the result. That plane isn’t aesthetic but is perfectly operational. This new wooden plane had changed my opinion about “woody”.
In the last year, I gradually went from high end planes to old Stanley and Record. At this moment, outside of finishing planes, I’m not using the high end ones. I think that going back further in time and using wooden planes would be very satisfactory and more appropriate with the idea of an unplugged workshop. I now want to built whatever planes are required (equivalent to no. 4, 5, 7 and scrub plane) for all of my woodworking needs.
This is a jointer plane inherited from my grandfather.