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Building a scraper plane

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 12-14-2014 06:22 PM 1738 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have needed a scraper plane for some time now. I have watched for used ones only to see them sell for
$150.00 and on up. I was fortunate to get a good deal on a #12 Stanley cabinet scraper. But try as I may I could not make it work the way it should. I became very disappointed with myself and new I had to create
something that would work for me. I took the #12 and looked at beside pictures of a # 112 scraper plane.
The only thing different was a little more length to provide space for the tote and knob. I decided that with a piece of 1/2” aluminum plate I could transform the #12 into a #112 wantabe. after a day of making the tote and milling the 1/2” plate and assembling the parts this is what I came up with. Best of all it works great. I was worried a little about the mounting holes in the aluminum scratching so I used a countersink bit and beveled the edges of all the screw holes.
I can’t believe I waited so long to do something so simple.

The tote is made of Wenge and I plan on turning a matching knob.

Thanks for taking the time to comment, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 06:52 PM

Todd, mixed feelings modifying an old tool, but at the end of the day it’s about results. So I say ‘Nice job.’ Real nice. Any chatter with the blade extending that far below the support of the #12 frame?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Todd Swartwood

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 08:39 PM

I am getting way less chatter than I did before. I also had reservations with modifying, But in the end I felt I had no other options. And besides a #12 1/2 has the holes in it to start with. That was what helped with designing of this tool.

Thanks for commenting Smitty, and have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 09:26 PM

Great scraper plane. Great way you did it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 10:58 PM

Ok. SO I also did a comparison of side-by-side pictures of the Stanley #12 and the #112. Basically you took off the “T-bar” handle and added a tote and knob (by adding a longer base), right?
I dont see that as ruining an old tool, but more as making it more usable for you.

Good job!
And that was WAAAYYY easier than converting your tablesaw to a slider … no doubt! :-)

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Todd Swartwood

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 11:24 PM

Thanks Joe, and you are completely correct. I did not really think I was ruining the #12, although I did drill 2 holes
in the front of the #12. It sure does work much better for me than before.
By the way I took some video of the cutting the 1/2” aluminum on the tablesaw and then cleaning up the edge
on the jointer. I just have to figure how to post it here on LJ.

I don’t really think we can compare it to the sliding table.

Thanks for your continued support Joe, and have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#6 posted 12-15-2014 12:53 AM

Looks awesome. Wish I had one of those…

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Ub1chris

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 02:48 AM

My #112 just arrived in the mail today – early Christmas. Too bad I didn’t see this and get the idea a week ago. Could have saved some $. Looks nice, and must be nicer for you knowing you made it.

Chris

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Todd Swartwood

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#8 posted 12-15-2014 03:19 AM

Thanks Chris,
Sometimes I wish I could just order the tool I need, but mostly the self gratification is worth it.
And this one worked out well because it also works very well. I think I may make a new scraper knife for it, but either way it works far better than it did in its original form.

If you happened to see my post for my sliding table for my TS, It also worked out better than I could have ever imagined.

WoodenOyster,
Thanks for looking and it was very easy to transform the #12 into a nice scraper plane.

Thanks again Guys and have a blessed evening, oh and Merry Christmas, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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mafe

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#9 posted 12-15-2014 01:14 PM

Lovely work on that rebuild.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 12-15-2014 01:47 PM

Thanks Mads,
And Merry Christmas to you and yours, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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mafe

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#11 posted 12-15-2014 11:12 PM

Merry ChristMads back. ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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