Stanley #4 scrub plane for sale

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  • #130056

    gallarotti
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    I was wondering if there is anyone who sells refurbished Stanley #4 planes modified to become scrub planes the way Paul has shown in his video. I don’t have the tools needed to do this by myself and therefore I thought of asking to this wonderful community for help.
    Alternatively, do you think a German ECE wooden scrub plane would be a valid replacement?
    Thanks,
    // Francesco

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    #130061

    aarontobul
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    Francesco,

    If you can’t find a modified number 4, you might want to consider an old 35. I picked one up in a collection of tools a little while back and didn’t think I would have any use for it since the throat was wider than I liked from wear. It occurred to me to try it as a scrub and it has been working out very well for me. The only work I had to do was to sharpen the blade, the previous owner(s) had done the rest! They seem to go for very reasonable prices on ebay.

    #130063

    David Perrott
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    Any wooden plane with a large mouth would work too. A wooden smoother with a large mouth would work well. For me, it doesn’t make sense economically to spend much money on a scrub plane. It will only be doing the coarse work.

    #130068

    Matt McGrane
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    Francesco, it doesn’t really take any special tools to make a scrub plane from a number 4 (I made mine from a #5). I used a regular file to shape the blade and my sharpening plates to refine the edge. I made a paper template with an 8 inch radius drawn on it to get the curvature to transfer to the blade.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #130076

    gallarotti
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    @mattmcgrane thank you for the advice. I thought that it was needed to use the electric grinder that Paul used in the video. I will then get on eBay to find another #4 🙂

    #130089

    aarontobul
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    This guy has a number 4 and a 4C for sale at the moment. I’m not affiliated with him and have never bought from him, but the pictures look good. Time Tested Tools

    #130090

    SharpPencil
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    Selling one now look at my site on eBay

    Look at redpoppy £9.99

    #130092

    Peter George
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    You may also want to look at a #3 for a scrub plane. I’ve made one from a store brand #3. The narrower blade seems to work quite well.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    #130093

    Derek Long
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    Look on Ebay for a Stanley #40. They are the same scrub planes that LN and LV based theirs on, and you can get them for about the same or less than a used #4 on Ebay. I see one on Ebay right now for $28.

    There’s the bonus that if the iron is shot you can probably just pop a new one from LN or LV into it and go.

    They are narrower, with a really large mouth and curved iron. Just my subjective opinion, but I find it easier to push through and take big shavings off than a converted #4, which felt like pushing a lead block in comparison.

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #130094

    gallarotti
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    @aarontobul unfortunately that guy ships only within the U.S…
    @cornflowers I couldn’t find any seller with that id…
    @pjgeorge that sounds like a better idea…

    @delong1974 this would be my favorite approach at this point… Unfortunately the only #40 I see are all in the U.S. – customs in Italy are such a PITA that I much rather try to find something within the E.U.

    #130096

    pnj2411
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    Paul’s video on converting a #4 is really all you need.
    I did this to a very nasty 1970’s plastic handled Stanley Handyman plane and it works well.
    I did use a grinder to shape the iron, but files would work. All the rest is just sharpening kit you need anyway.
    A very basic grinder may cost less than a dedicated scrub and find innumerable other uses.

    Good luck

    Manxman living in France

    #130103

    gallarotti
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    @pnj2411 can you recommend a basic one? Keep in mind I have never used one before…

    #130104

    pnj2411
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    Well the grinder I got was something like this, but with a basic toolrest built in.
    It’s cheap and cheerful but for my very occasional use for rough shaping it’s fine.
    However if I were to buy now I would be looking for a bigger toolrest with a more positive lock.

    Hope that helps.

    Manxman living in France

    #130105

    gallarotti
    Participant

    Speaking about #4 Stanley planes, I have one purchased on eBay, which seems to have the frog slightly angled so that the left side of the frog reaches the throat while the right side is still half a millimeter or so away from the throat.
    Is there a way to correct this?
    Also, can someone show a detail of how close does the blade get to the front of the throat? Mine leaves such a narrow space that often on rough pine it can clog (hope this makes sense) and needs to be cleaned manually to resume cutting.

    #130106

    gallarotti
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    @pnj2411: thanks for the link, will consider if it makes sense to change my plans and use something like this to convert my old #4, and maybe get a better #4 as a smoothing plane, adding also a 5 1/2 jack plane to my set.

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