The scrub plane is a type of plane used to remove large amounts of wood from the surface of lumber, such as when eliminating cup or twist in the first stages of preparing rough stock, or when reducing the thickness of a board significantly. Scrub planes generally have a short soles, a relatively narrow but thick blade, a very wide mouth, and a deeply curved edge (of about a 3 inch radius) to make a deep, gouging cut.
For woodworkers that use lots of power tools, the power jointer has pretty much eliminated any use for this style of plane but since I don't use or have a jointer I can see the need for it. After doing my internet research I decided to attempt to make my first plane. It will be based on the Krenov style but modified/customized to suit what I think I need. There were a few references on the construction of this plane and the fact that the traditional style plane patterned after James Krenov didn't necessarily lend itself to becoming a scrub plane. The reason cited was the lack of a handle or tote which made it difficult to get enough power behind the tool. Well, I found a design on a forum where there was more of a saw type of handle that I decided to use for my "plane to be".
Here's the parts:
|Roughed out Handle|
Making the handle was interesting. First of all, the ramp that the blade rests on is cut at 45 degrees. Since there is a fairly large screw head that holds the blade and chip breaker together I needed to route a groove for that to fit in to. I needed to bring it down a bit more than this to accommodate the thickness of the sole but that was fairly easy to to with a chisel.
The width of this piece is 1 9/16" and when I gripped it, it's way too thick to be comfortable. That's when things on the bandsaw became interesting!
|Looking Like a Plane ??|