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How to Use a Scrub Plane

How to Use a Scrub Plane

Woodworking with Hand Tools

A scrub plane is a woodworking hand tool that can be used to flatten and level boards that are too wide for a joiner. Most joiners are between 6” and 8” wide, so a scrub plane is useful for leveling wider pieces of wood. One side of the wood needs to be flat to put it into a planer, so manually flattening one side is often necessary if the wood is too wide.

A scrub plane is not wide enough to flatten a wide piece of wood, but it is very handy for working on the width of the wood stock so that you can fit it into the joiner. For example, if your wood stock is 1” too wide for the planer and you need to remove the extra inch, a scrub plane is much faster, easier and smoother than working with a hand saw. A jack plane is more effective for flattening a wider piece because it has a little more surface area than the scrub plane. If you are doing your roughing with a power plane, the scrub plane is great for leveling out the surface before sending it through the planer.
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Resources for Beginner Woodworkers: Power Tool Safety

power tool safetyAs a beginner woodworker, you may be eager to get started using an array of power tools to further your creative woodworking abilities. While learning to use power tools is certainly an exciting endeavor, it is also important to remember that using power tools is a serious responsibility. Even small accidents can result in serious injury to yourself or someone else. Since different tools pose different risks, reading the operator’s manual for each tool and adhering to safety precautions outlined there is critical to safe operation. Keep in mind the following safety tips for using any power tool:

  • Use the right tool for the job. Make sure the tool you use is capable of performing the task at hand, and do not force the tool beyond its capabilities.
  • Keep power tools plugged in only when in use. When you are done using a tool, even for a short break, unplugging the tool prevents it from activating inadvertently. Ensure that the tool is unplugged or the battery is removed any time you are changing out blades or accessories.
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Gluing Overview for Beginner Woodworkers

wood glue

Gluing wood together is one of the most common activities woodworkers perform. The fibrous characteristic of wood means that glue can sink into the grooves, rather than sitting on top of the surface, forming an extremely strong bond. Using the right kind of glue for a given project is critical to the performance of the final piece. Glue can be used alone, or in combination with a mechanical fastener for increased strength.

When gluing a joint, ensuring that the pieces fit snugly enough without glue is important. If pieces have to be forced or clamped to fit together, the force will be working against the glue and a weak bond will be formed. If force is needed, more work may be needed before the wood pieces are ready for glue. Porous, well fitted edges will form the strongest bond when glued. Read the rest of this entry »

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