Part 4: A scrub plane.

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.

This plane’s dimensions, made out of beech, are 2″ thick x 2-1/2″ wide x 15″ long.  May be it’s too long but it’s easy to shorten.This plane's dimensions, made out of beech, are 2" thick x 2-1/2" wide x 15" long. May be it's too long but it's easy to shorten.

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Technique: Crosscut saw without set.

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).

Before setting the teeth I went for a test cut and got surprisingly good results.Before setting the teeth I went for a test cut and got surprisingly good results.

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Part 2: A smoothing plane.

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.

This is my new maple smoother with a cherry wedge.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. This is my new maple smoother with a cherry wedge.

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Part 1: Making a wooden plane. General discussion.

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.

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