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    Brian Stormont
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    I think it’s all a matter of personal preference. Since you’ve used the current style for 5 years, have you felt anything was missing or certain tasks were hard to do? If not, there’s not really any reason to change. I built my bench about a year ago following the Paul Sellers videos. After about 6 months of working on projects with the bench as-is, based on where the bench is located (in a corner), I found a tail vise would be helpful, so I added one, along with a few bench dogs, which I also found very useful. If my bench weren’t up against a wall in a corner I probably would have been fine with it as-is.

    #603345
    Brian Stormont
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    I found that tightening that screw can help adjust the width of the nose area and reduce binding as you plow deeper. By applying separation to the tail using that screw, it narrows the nose opening. Try using a caliper to measure the skate separation before and after tightening that screw – you should see by adding some tension you can get to skate width to be exactly the same front to back. Without the screw there is a little bit of difference.

    #557229
    Brian Stormont
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    I had good luck modifying a very inexpensive Buck Bros. #4 plane (from Home Depot in the US for about $35). I didn’t have an electric grinder but using a coarse diamond plate the process of shaping the blade went pretty quickly. My primary #4 plane is a 120 year old Stanley that belonged to my great grandfather and there was no way I was going to modify that into a scrub plane.

    The Buck Bros one is pretty rough in build quality (not very precise angles, sloppy paint inside the frog so thing don’t sit flat, etc.) but with a little work it does make a decent scrub plane for taking off material faster than using a regular smoothing plane or jack plane. The throat area is a lot more open to begin with compared to a Stanley plane, so I found I didn’t have to enlarge it for scrub planing. I used it quite a bit while building my workbench and getting laminated top and apron round-over edges of 2×3’s and 2×4’s flat and it saved a lot of time.

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