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My Version of the Scraper Plane

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Project by fatman51 posted 05-04-2016 09:07 PM 1627 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This scraper plane is 11 inches long, 2-3/4 inches wide, weighs 38 ounces, and has a 2-1/8 inch wide scraping iron. The fixed pitch of the frog is 15 degrees forward of plumb. The wedge and frog are slightly arched, which cambers the scraping iron back such that it is bedded snugly in a radius. There is a slight adjustment range where the scraping iron is adequately bedded such that I can adjust the camber of the scraping iron by tapping the wedge from to snug to tight. This adds a little bit of life to the hook.

The scraper plane body is made out of ipe and maple. There are two round metal rods ( 1 is 3/8 brass the other is 1/4 stainless) reinforcing the wedge backer. The handle assembly backs up the frog. I test rapped a test wedge very hard with a heavy mallet and nothing bad happened, so I figure that it will hold up. There is a brass inlay at the mouth of the plane.

I made the scraping iron out of a wrecked hand saw. It is .040 of an inch thick. I chose to burnish a hook onto the scraping iron rather than to sharpen it. I fine tuned the body and scraping iron until I got good results with test scraping ipe, maple, poplar, and pine. So far the tool seems to be working out pretty well.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin





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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 05-04-2016 09:37 PM

Those are some fine looking instruments, John. Every bit as good as those you’ll see at Woodcraft. This is so different from the stuff I’m used to seeing you make.

-- Mark

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kiefer

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#2 posted 05-04-2016 09:57 PM

That is a finely crafted and good looking scraper plane .
I like the thoughts you put into the wedging of the blade holding and the brass sole throat insert .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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fatman51

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#3 posted 05-04-2016 10:47 PM

Thank You Klaus. Thanks Mark. Manufacturing fine woodworking tools is a little bit outside of typical for me, as it is generally easier just to purchase them, but these are rather expensive tools that I cannot justify paying for. If I am going to go to the trouble of building the tool instead, I would like it to be every bit as good as something I can purchase. I want any user who visits my shop to pick the plane up with confidence, and I want it to stand the test of time. That said, if someone offered to trade me a Blum for my John-made, I might have to take them up on that.

John

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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kiefer

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#4 posted 05-05-2016 12:10 AM

John
Look at a simple shop made Krenov plane and I think you will know what I mean about self made tools there is nothing like them that can give you the same pride and satisfaction

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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fatman51

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#5 posted 05-05-2016 12:58 AM

Klaus

I was just looking at some of your posted projects and the planes that you made. They are awesome. I think you are right about the satisfaction one gets from working with tools that they made themselves. Now that I have spent a few hours using my new scraper plane for its purpose, I have learned the tool and I might have a hard time trading it for anything. Plus, it was fun to make. I am very much looking forward to building the next plane on my list.

John

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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Oldtool

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#6 posted 05-05-2016 02:15 AM

Nice build with this scraper plane, great attention to detail, great tool.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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fatman51

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#7 posted 05-05-2016 07:31 AM

Thanks oldtool. I have looked at pictures of some the projects that you have posted. Your feedback is encouraging and appreciated.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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mafe

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#8 posted 05-05-2016 03:09 PM

Really nice tools.
The scraper really is a beauty.
Impressive work and seems to do a fine job.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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fatman51

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#9 posted 05-05-2016 04:24 PM

Thanks Mads. I have admired the projects that some of you guys have been doing for a long time. I have a feeling that plane and tool making might blow up into a hobby for me beyond just making the tools on my too expensive to purchase, or too hard to find, list. Wood plane making is a very enjoyable pursuit.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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mafe

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#10 posted 05-05-2016 08:40 PM

Smiles, yes it is a path, I love to walk it, make tools I don’t even need just for the joy of it.
Think still it’s cheaper than golf…
A healthy hobby I believe.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#11 posted 05-06-2016 06:49 PM

Such tool definately deserves daily top 3. Beautiful shape and wood contrast.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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fatman51

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#12 posted 05-07-2016 04:01 AM


Such tool definitely deserves daily top 3. Beautiful shape and wood contrast.

- majuvla


And this coming from a man who has posted some of the coolest shopmade tools on the internet. Thank you Ivan

John

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#13 posted 05-12-2016 01:15 AM

That is a real beauty. Awesome design and great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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fatman51

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#14 posted 05-12-2016 03:19 PM

Thanks Hoss. I am glad it came out as well as it did.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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