|Here it is, I used it to bevel the underside of this chair.|
What makes this particular one special, is that it is old, well used, and well modified by some thrifty German carpenter in it's previous life. There is a couple of big cracks in the stock of this plane held together with various bolts and screws. It feels awesome in my hands.
It's a fairly narrow plane, I suspect the blade is between 1 1/2" and 1 3/4" in width. If you build one, go with a narrow blade.
|When I got it, I ground it at a pretty dramatic radius.|
This plane has a crazy open mouth. I could probably put my thumb in there. This keeps it from jamming with the rough chips you'll be getting.
Of course there will be tear out, but this is for course work.
|Before grinding, you can see how un-flat the steel is.|
|The crazy tight radius on the blade allows this plane to thickness wood faster than any other hand tool method I have.|
If that explanation doesn't make sense, you'll find out what I mean when you try it.
For some reason Stanley scrub planes (like the #40) are getting expensive in the US. There doesn't really seem to be a cheap alternative. Lucky for me, I live in Europe, and these things are everywhere. I wonder why?