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Thanks for your feedback and the link, a nice and positive read.
I have managed to try it today. Blade needed a good sharpen (i did my best to get it sharp with my limited experience ).
First error, forgetting that it is a bevel down blade, so i found that it was tearing and unpleasant to use.
After destroying part of my workbench skirt, i realised the error of my way!
Flipping over was much better. Generally very pleasent and satisfying to use. It is light compared to a number 4 plane and cuts well. In truth i have never used a wooden plane before, so nothing to benchmark off.
I did find that i ended up with one or two chunks out of the wood, which was annoying. It was always the same piece that did this, so maybe either the wood was very soft or i need to sharpen better.
Last thing to note, the heal is small and my hand was cusping the blade, which was uncomfortable. The picture on the box shows a higher heal for better comfort, but not on mine. Maybe a mod for the future!
Anyway generally positive and fun.
Just noticed your thread. I have just purchased a scrub plane from Pinie and wanted to know if you purchased one and your experience?
Mine was little money and i thought i would give it a go. As it is a scrub plane, i am not expecting a great finish, just the ability to hack off material (no 4 for the final finish). I hope to give it a try this weekend as i am in the middle of making the workbench.
Thanks Darryl and David for the feedback.
@Darryl – thanks for taking the time to tell me about the cramps. I bought some from Screwfix in the end – i believe them to be the same brand, just unbranded. I noted how easily the bars can bend under tension so have added wood inside to re-enforce them, as Paul suggests. Bought 4 x 24″ and 4 x 36″. Hope it is enough. Hope you find time to build it soon.
@Darryl – thanks for the link. I’ll read it on my tedious train journey into work tomorrow, hoping to read some good tips!
Looks nice Darryl, how are you getting on?
This looks to be a very similar spec bench to the one i am going to start soon. I took the opportunity last weekend to use my parents in-law’s car to pick up the timber, so keen to get started.
Could i ask a couple of questions? Which sash clamps are you using, their length and how many? These and a hammer are the only things i need to buy before i can start.
Thanks in advance
Hi everyone, i have a similar question and thought it would be good to piggy back off this thread, hope that is ok.
I am also wanting to build a bench after being inspired by this fantastic resource by Paul.
We have had our fence recently replaced and the old fence had some 70cm square soft wood posts that are not in too bad a state. I have them in my cold garage on blocks thinking they might dry out. Some of the knots have some sap seeping out.
In terms of size, i thought they would be great for the legs of my workbench.
Could i ask, am i wasting my time with these, or could they be salvaged and if so, how long would you think for them to dry out here in damp England.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.