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273600 Andrew Heybey <ath@h...> 2021‑05‑05 Re: Scrub planes (was Re: flattening a large slab)
On May 5, 2021, at 12:01 AM, Ken Wright via groups.io
> Gathered Galoots,
> Andrew's post got me to thinking.  I have a crappy Stanley "Handyman"
> #3 that I'd like to use as a scrub.  Can anyone recommend a radius to
> grind the iron?  Or is that more a matter of personal taste?

I watched Paul Seller’s “turn a #4 into a scrub plane” video and IIRC he did 7
1/8”.  I did about 6.5” because that was as wide as the compass I had on hand
would go :-).

> On Mon, 2021-05-03 at 22:41 -0400, Andrew Heybey wrote:
>> I have turned my crappy Stanley “Handyman” #4 into a scrub plane by
>> grinding the iron in an arc,     
>> https://groups.io/g/oldtools/photo/263744/3219531, and started in 
> On a personal note, the gem of my tools is my Stanley Handyman #4.  It
> was my father's, and was the first plane I ever used.  I wouldn't part
> with it for anything!

Mine was also my father’s, though he was not a woodworker and I don’t actually
ever remember him using it.  It’s mouth is a little wider than my other #4s
which is a good thing in this case.


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