Could a Smoothing plane without a cap iron be converted into a scrub plane?

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  • #143819
    mysticjbyrd
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    If so would there be any downsides?

    #143820
    YrHenSaer
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    Probably and perhaps.

    #143824
    David B
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    How could you use it without a cap iron? What would secure the cutter?

    #143831
    Hugo Notti
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    You probably mean “without chipbreaker”? In this case, definitely yes. the main differences between scrub planes and smoothing planes are the size of the mouth – wider for scrub planes, and the missing chipbreaker on scrub planes. Therefore scrub planes can swallow much thicker shavings. I think, there is even an article or video by Paul Sellers about converting a smoothing or jack plane into a scrub plane.

    Dieter

    Main downside: You need a new smoothing plane

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by Hugo Notti.
    #143837
    mysticjbyrd
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    Are they not the same? I might be confused. https://paulsellers.com/2013/12/caps-chip-breakers/

    Anyways, I bought this piece of junk from Harbor Freight for $15.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/no-33-bench-plane-97544.html

    Based on the pics I am seeing on the parts breakdown it seems to have a lever cap and blade.

    Then I bought a semi-toasty #4 Stanley Bailey from ebay for $28.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stanley-Bailey-4-Woodworking-Plane-Made-in-USA-/132053426878?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=JzeUDs8OhSFkwRP3bQK1xkRY8To%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc

    • This reply was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by mysticjbyrd.
    #143843
    David B
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    That #4 from ebay has great potential!

    #143953
    Thomas Angle
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    You could turn the Harbor Freight plane into a scrub plane. Open the mouth a little and put a camber on the iron.

    Arbovale, WV

    Proverbs 18:13
    13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

    #144014
    roofusson
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    Yes a No.4 can be converted into a scrub plane. You do not need to remove the cap iron. Though if you can obtain a common thin common wooden coffer plane, the thinner (width wise ) are easier to find a wooden block plane. Cheaper and better option, though this is only a personal opnion, best of luck which ever route you take cheers Peter

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