I had my camera out today. Thought maybe someone might
want to see how I deal with rough wood. Took a couple of
new pictures of old tools I've had. Some of them 1/2 a
lifetime's use to me.
I know you have seen them all before. But just not
together, in order of appearance on the proceedings.
The scrub planes are terrifically valuable to a hand
woodworker. Power woodworker too if you know it. Believe
it or not nothing can bite as deep as the skinny little
The wider blades can bite alright, but never quite as
deep. I keep and use jack planes with varying degrees of
arc to the blade, and a wooden jack with a heavy arc and
wide open throat, and a couple of scrubs.
One is a standard Stanley #40 that I customized for
better performance. Thicker blade, handles set with
epoxy and much heavier lever cap.
To set plane handles so they never slip, especially for
scrubs and transitional,
clean and carefully grease the plane bed. AND the SCREW!
Axle or chassis grease is fine. Then mix epoxy putty and
put it in the handle counterbore at the bottom. When you
draw up the screw and let it set, the epoxy will fill
every micro gap for a perfect fit. It will stick to the
handle but won't stick to the plane body so you can take
it back off when you want. It will not slip or wiggle in
the roughest service. Custom gunmakers use this
technique a lot.
The other Scrub is my Worm. A plane that my buddy Bill
gave me, that nobody anywhere would want when I got it.
A dog --with fleas-- this plane used to be! But I made
it over into a plane anyone would love to use. With its
super thick tapered traditional blade ground round, it
hogs a little less deep than the 40, but still hogs a
lot of wood and it is totally, freakishly, effortless to
pile up a bushel of shavings in very short order.
I put up this article about it, if you get curious for
story of this one.