|Review by Florida_Jim||posted 05-17-2011 09:32 PM||7278 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I was toying with the idea of getting a scraper plane. I hate sanding. I have arthritis in my fingers, so a card scraper hurts my fingers too much after a short period.
I looked at Stanley 112’s on the”Bay”, but they’re too too pricey for me. Lie-Nielsen or Lee Valley 112 versions might be in my future.
I was at my local Woodcraft store. Scrapers came up. The manager checked, and discovered he had one Kunz 112 that they’ve had for a few years. After some searching they found it in the back warehouse.
To get rid of it, they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. So it went home with me.
The plane is an ugly green with a plastic tote, and knob
It sat on my table for a few months. I just tuned up my new Wood River block plane. So while I had the sharpening stuff out, I thought I’d attack the 112.
This is not a high quality tool. The first thing I discovered was that the blade pivot assembly was loose. It’s held on with a small screw on each side of the plane.
A small screw driver adjusted the mechanism in the center, and just tight enough to allow the blade holder assy. to pivot.
I polished the back of the scraper blade, and touched up polished the bevel at 45 degrees.
I burnished a hook on the blade.
As it turned out I put too much hook at first. I tried in on some scrap hard maple. The plane worked much better with a very minimal hook, and even worked fairly well with no hook at all.
I really like the concept,
This Plane is quality challenged. It’s usable. I think there’s a Lee Valley in my future.