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Scraper Plane for Tool Swap

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Project by HokieKen posted 07-07-2017 05:05 PM 915 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’re wrapping up another fantastic LumberJocks Tool Swap. Reveals are going on right now in the swap thread so hop on over there and check out the tool porn!

This was my entry that I made for LJ PoohBaah. It’s based on a 112-style scraper plane. It’s most akin to the Veritas version because rather than using a thick, stiff scraper, I used a thinner one and put a thumb screw in for adjustment of blade camber.

The pitch of the blade is adjustable in the same manner as commercial versions. I couldn’t decide on a tote and knob combination that I liked. I basically just turned a few knobs until one felt right and started out with a full, closed tote and kept whittling at it until I liked it.

Construction is pretty straightforward. The sole is Brazilian Rosewood, the knob and tote are locally harvested Cherry and Walnut, sides are Jatoba and the rest is Katalox (poor-man’s Ebony). All the hardware is brass. I turned the thumbscrew for the lever cap on my lathe and the rest is just modified off-the-shelf stuff.

The scraper itself is .050 thick blue spring steel I got off eBay. I made it 3” wide and shaped it so it wouldn’t stick up too high and couldn’t be put in upside down. It makes a good blade for the plane because it’s pretty stiff so it takes a good hook and doesn’t chatter but is also thin enough that it can be cambered with the thumbscrew. It’s a bit too stiff for use as a card scraper though IMO.

The finish is BLO on everything then I waxed the sole and knob and tote.

Below are some in-process pictures:

I hope the frog assembly holds up over time. I wasn’t sure if I could get by with wood but I think the Katalox is strong and stable enough. The pins for the brass pivot links are all the way through the frog and the lever cap as is the pivot pin that attaches the frog to the sides.

I had the plane working wonderfully when it was dry-fit and before I put the front and back infill pieces with the knob and tote on. When I did the final assembly, I shifted the sides a bit to correct some misalignment. Well that screwed everything up because it closed the mouth up. Now it clogs almost immediately because there isn’t room for the shavings to get through. Luckily it should be pretty quick work with a chisel or rasp to fix it. PoohBaah joked that I sent him homework with his gift :-) In my defense though, I did tell him I’d be glad to have it shipped back so I can fix it myself and return it to him ;-P I just ran out of time before the ship date.

The fifth picture shows the “bonus” item I sent to PoohBaah, a burnisher I made from a HSS drill rod and turned a Cherry handle for.

All-in-all I am pleased with how this turned out. I’ve never even used a scraper plane and this is the first plane build of any kind I’ve tackled. The point of these swaps is to stretch our skills and get outside of our comfort zone so that’s what I tried to do. I’ve definitely got another one coming soon that will stay in my shop!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!





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ki7hy

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#1 posted 07-07-2017 05:15 PM

Excellent! Thanks for the write up, I’ll be building one myself me thinks.

Great job on this one!!

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#2 posted 07-07-2017 05:27 PM

Super job Ken. The detail you put into your projects are amazing!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 07-07-2017 05:28 PM

Excellent job Kenny

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#4 posted 07-07-2017 05:33 PM

This is a great shop built tool. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 07-07-2017 06:41 PM

Dang, Kenny. Awesome job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 07-07-2017 06:44 PM

Looks great, Kenny. When are you making me one?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 07-07-2017 06:50 PM

Thanks fellas!


Looks great, Kenny. When are you making me one?

- JayT

I tried to tell you to join the swap. You could be setting there in Kansas right now with this plane… fixing it so it actually works. ;-)

I’ll definitely work another one up if you’ve got a peek-a-boo to barter :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 07-07-2017 07:00 PM

Holy smokes, that is one sexy plane.

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#9 posted 07-07-2017 07:00 PM

I ll definitely work another one up if you ve got a peek-a-boo to barter :-))

- HokieKen

I’ve got a couple blanks from failed attempts. Would one of those work?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 07-07-2017 07:04 PM

Shoot JayT I’ll take one and build you Kenny’s plane better than Kenny! ;)

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#11 posted 07-07-2017 07:08 PM

Perfect! JayT, make me a peek-a-boo and Dave make me a scraper plane. And I’ll just sit in my shop and wait for them. You guys are Awesome!

But seriously, either of you guys can pull this off better than I did. Just look at some Stanleys/LN/Veritas and you’ll see it’s not that difficult. Even a cave man (like me) can do it!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 07-07-2017 07:35 PM

I was kidding Kenny. You definitely nailed it on this one. Great job once again.

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#13 posted 07-07-2017 08:31 PM

Not enough detail here Kenny. make another one and take more pictures before you ship it to me. ;-)

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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#14 posted 07-07-2017 09:47 PM

Thanks guys!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 07-07-2017 09:47 PM



Not enough detail here Kenny. make another one and take more pictures before you ship it to me. ;-)

- papadan

I can promise I will take pictures before I ship it Dan ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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