6th Jun 2007, 04:37 PM #1
Jack plane converted to scrub plane...???
What is the difference between jack planes and scrub planes?? is it just the blade?
I have a couple of #4 planes, and I was thinkking of converting one into a scrubber if all it entails is changing the shape of the blade....
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All I use is a #4 with a reshaped blade. Works fine for me. But a proper scrub doesn't have a depth adjuster or a cap iron. Very simple tools.Dan
7th Jun 2007, 08:30 AM #3
My woodie scrub is the same width as a #3 and it's actually fun to use. I'd think the biggest problem in converting a smoother to be a real scrub would be opening up the mouth enough to get the necessary blade depth in contact with the wood with space to let the shavings out.
Maybe find a real junker first to play with before committing to alter a good #4. On the other hand maybe you don't have to put as radical a radius on a blade to get a good narrow bite, but the whole idea of a scrub is to remove a lot of wood quickly.
7th Jun 2007, 09:21 AM #4
Like Dan, I've used an old #4 (and I mean OLD - pre lateral-adjustor era!) with a 'standard' blade as a scrub and it works a treat. As Dan says, it's a very simple tool - just a gouge with depth-control. But be very careful with wild-grained woods, 'cos there is little finesse with this tool - it's only meant to be a roughing-down thing. But the way you can chew off a pile of chips (and they're more like 'chips' than 'shavings'!) and bring a very rough board to something close to flat & straight is very gratifying.
7th Jun 2007, 10:59 AM #5
I will give it a go....
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