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Galoots,

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.

 

Scrub First

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 #40.
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 the whole story of this one.


 
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