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Works OK but not great
WoodRiver #80 Cabinet Scraper
Cons: Sole is not flat nor is it even finished which means it will take hours of prep before you can use it. If they lowered the price by $20 then it would be a good deal but as-is it is better to get a card scraper holder unless you have an expensive set of sharpening gear. My set of plates are great for chisels and irons but not this.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Great tool but needs a little help
Good cabinet scraper at a reasonable price but you need to do quite a bit of work on the sole and blade to get it there.Once tuned if performs beautifully.Blade isn't the best but it will hold a burr well enough.Wish it had thumbscrews instead of bolts to adjust the blade but overall very happy.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy to use.
The cabinet scraper works great. I tuned up the blade and went right to work. It works really well with tought grain and produces a good finish. One of my favorite tools.
Plan on flattening the sole
EE at work
This is a great tool to handle surface preparation before switching to a hand held scraper for finer control. It really saves my thumbs on larger surfaces. It quickly became one of my favorite tools.
However, know that it is not usable out of the box. The sole needs to be flattened big time. Also the thumb screw that adjust the flex of the blade is not really a thumb screw, you need to use a screw driver.
Now that I love the tool so much, perhaps I will look for an authentic Stanley 80. In the meantime I would recommend this with the above warnings.
Easy to tune and use
I bought mine at the Woodcraft store in Woburn, MA. The tune up was simple - tear it down and degrease everything, then smooth the sole with sandpaper on a flat surface (I used 3/4" MDF) to about 320 grit. I honed the bevel and turned a hook, put it all back together and was making shavings in no time. This sure beats burning my thumbs up scraping large surfaces with a card scraper!
doesn't work very well out of the box
I plan to use this to supplement a scraper plane and hand scrapers. Out of the box, it makes a little dust as you push it along the work. It requires a lot more work than I really wanted to do, but it's a decent start for a cabinet scraper, if you are willing to tune it up.
The sole is in terrible condition, requiring a lot of grinding on the diamond stones to get it anywhere near flat and smooth. I got the vast majority of the tool marks out before I called it quits. A belt sander might be a good first tool to use on the sole. I started with a 100 grit diamond stone and it took about 45 minutes of grinding before I moved on to finer grits.
The blade needed sharpening before putting the burr on it. The blade is beveled at 45 degrees, which is where I left it, being the same as my scraper plane.
The blade is held by a crossbar, fastened by 2 metric M6 hex head bolts. UGH!! It surely isn't easy to set the blade height... So, either drill and tap the threads for common thumbscrews or studded knobs or buy metric versions of thumbscrews/knobs. The metric versions that I've found so far aren't cheap. Looks like I'll be tapping the holes for some studded knobs with a more common thread size, like 1/4-20.
Although I spent more time and effort getting the scraper up and running, than I desired, in the end it works nicely. After the tune-up, it produces some nice, thin, curled shavings instead of sawdust, on my test board. So, I'm happy. I'll probably finish working the scratches out of the sole at a later date.
I don't know how good the steel is in the blade, so don't know how long the burr will last. It's probably a good idea to get a spare blade or 2, perhaps of higher quality, unless you like to do sharpening.
Plan on tuning it up
This is a good design and replicates the popular Stanley #80 scraper plane but quality control on this sucks big time. The grinding of the bottom of the plane and the blade is horrible to say the least. In order to make it work the way it should either buy a Hock replacement blade or spend several hours trying to get the grinding marks out of the blade. Personally I bought a Hock replacement blade for the #80 plane.
Best way to smooth wood
I now use a scraper instead of a rough sander on most of my projects.
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