Produces a glass smooth finish on straight grained as well as highly figured woods. A slotted blade adjustment screw can be set to cut a fine shaving or tightened to produce a coarse cut. Sole is...
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Needs hours of tuneup before use
Wish I had seen the other reviews. The sole came with very deep machining marks that took hours to grind and polish out & flatten. The blade edge as well had deep grinder marks that again took me a hour to grind out and polish to a flat straight edge before burnishing on a burr. Once done works well but don't expect to get any sort of good results out of the box. This isn't minor honing and polishing but significant time to get this tool into any sort of shape. Ought to be labeled as a Kit to be finished by the purchaser.
Mediocre, at best
As others have said, the quality of this tool is surprisingly poor. The blade was a horror. I needed an hour just to remove the congealed grease coating. The blade's thickness varied visibly from left to right, and it was not particularly flat. I've worked on that blade with everything from 100-grit sandpaper to a diamond stone. After at least six hours of work, I've got a reasonably sharp (but not straight, thanks to the thickness variation) edge, and I'm rid of about 50% of the machine marks on the back of the blade. Plan to buy a decent blade if you get this! The sole is far from flat, but that can be remedied. Others have complained about the metric screws that hold the blade in place; I replaced them with metric socket-head bolts. As for the thumb screw that flexes the blade, I had no trouble since it was missing... I replaced that with another socket-head bolt. Finally, I've been able to use it on a headboard I glued up awhile back. It's performance is not particularly good. I'm getting nice long shavings and it cleaned up the glue lines well enough, but the surface is hardly "glass smooth". Perhaps that will improve with a better blade and some more work on the sole.
Works OK but not great
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.
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.
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
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.