I treated myself for my birthday and bought a Veritas scrub plane. Wow, what a difference next to the beat up No 4 I was using. I adjusted the blade to take just a nice light cut and it hogged off and squared up the gnarliest, ugliest, knottiest piece of construction lumber I could dig out of my scrap pile like it was nothing. Knots? What knots? It didn’t leave too bad a surface, either. A couple passes with a smoother and it would be perfect. I didn’t even break a sweat and I was smiling the entire time.
If you ever have the opportunity to treat yourself to a little something, I highly recommend it. It’s a delight to use.
I am sure the Veritas is a great plane and I can verify how useful a scrub plane is I bought the attached plane for £1 at a car boot sale, ground a large radius on the iron and I leave it with the blade set to depth. I find it so handy any time I want to remove material quickly. If you have not got one you should it is so handy
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Good score, Derek. I use an old no. 5 as a scrub. Lately it hasn’t been working properly. Probably I don’t sharpen the blade as well as I could. Sounds like the Veritas sings through the wood. Now you’re going to have to learn how to sharpen curved blades. Something to look forward to …
I can recommend that one as well. However, I only use it for exremely heavy removal. I haven’t actually measured, but on some occasions I must have taken off around 3mm with one pass. As far as I can remember the blade came with a pretty pronounced camber originally. First I thought I would like to have it just a little slighter, but I kind of went back to an even stronger camber I think. So this is for hogging off really a lot. For standard scrubbing I have turned to an old German style wooden smoothing plane. It was completely beat up and had a very open mouth, so I tuned it for a scrub. Nice thing about wooden planes for this amount of material removal is the light weight. It can’t beat Veritas of course when it comes to real hard work, but if you do a lot of work like that I can recommend following up with it. Have fun with your Veritas scrub, anyway! It’s a great plane. Enjoy!
I have a a Veritas scrub also, and have had great results with it. Last use was in walnut burl where a cambered #5 was bogging down. The only real caution I have with it is that it will take off more material than expected because it goes so fast.
And be careful about touching the iron after a heavy work session – it heats up!
Yes, I noticed it gets quite hot!
I also noticed how quickly it takes off material when my first few attempts at thicknessing with it ended with ruined boards. It hogs off quick and if you’re not careful you’ll shoot past your line in no time. Most of the time I have it set very lightly.
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