On 2/20/2013 7:15 AM, dpb wrote:
> On 2/20/2013 9:06 AM, Puckdropper wrote:
>> Couple of questions about planes:
>> When I try to flatten a board, one of things I've seen people do is go
>> across the grain. When doing this, what am I looking for as a stopping
> It's normally done w/ a scrub plane--has two purposes; one to remove
> high spots selectively to bring the board into plane surface and
> secondly to ease the plane force required by slicing partially across
> grain just as skewing a plane slight when going with the grain...
> You're looking only to hit the high spots--when the marks disappear,
> revert to longitudinal finish strokes. Again, it will work better w/ a
> scrub plane or if you have only the one, a blade that is sharpened to
> have a very slight convex shape so the corners don't bite and leave any
> gouge marks will suffice.
A real scrub plane would be cool, but they are often expensive. I
converted a cheapo smoothing plane into a "scrub" plane by honing a
rather tight arc into the blade. Setting the blade with a good bite and
planing across the grain I can remove lots of wood and old paint
quickly. And I don't care too much about dirt, paint, and old staples
because it was a $2 plane that I expect to abuse. A very useful tool,
especially if you like to recycle wood (like the 15"-wide vertical-grain
redwood shelf I got from my grandmother's house).