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Chris_T

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1378 days ago

I’m thinking about buying a old stanley 80 cabinet scraper to use in my shop. This will be my first scraper so I have a few questions. Do they take blades, if so, being that they are so old where can they be bought? Do these work better than standard scrapers? Also is there anything I should watch out for when buying one on ebay? I want the real deal not something fake.


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 1378 days ago

Your in luck, the #80 is readily available. E-bay is a source. Thay are pretty straight forward. I use one often. Actually my best results have been with the one I keep a sheffield hand scraper card in. If you like to drop things alot the 80m might be a consideration as it will not break when dropped. sharpening and burnishing the blade is key. (DID I SAY KEY ?) You l l like it. JB

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 1378 days ago

Almost forgot, yes blades are still available but the ones I have seen in the last 20 yrs are a lot shorter than orig. That is the only reason I began using a card scraper in them. Good luck

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docholladay

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#3 posted 1378 days ago

I read a blog recently on one of the woodworking magazine websites (I think it was Fine Woodworking). Anywya, the gist of the blog was that the No. 80 was so readily available because they sold more of them than any of the others. The author speculated that the reason so many were sold was because it worked so well and was also very simple and easy to setup and adjust. I will give a big DITTO to that. I bought one for about $10 on Ebay. However, mine didn’t have the correct blade. I went searching for a blade. They are readily available and they aren’t very expensive. However, I decided to get creative. I had an old handsaw that was worn well beyond being useful. From the blade of that handsaw, I cut out a piece the appropriate size. I then ground a 45 degree bevel on 2 opposite edges, honed and polished those edges, then turned a hook on it. Bingo. For a total of about $20 (including shipping), I had the best scraper I have ever used. It works great.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Fencer257

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#4 posted 1378 days ago

I prefer a 12 1/2 but the 80 works very well also. I also cut blades for both scrapers out of old saw plates. Once you start scraping you won;t go back to sandpaper.

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swirt

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#5 posted 1377 days ago

I think this is the blog post doc was talking about.
http://blog.woodworking-magazine.com/blog/Cheap+Thrills+The+No+80+Cabinet+Scraper.aspx

I think I paid $15 for mine at an antique shop. My blade has about run its course though… not much left to it. Will probably get a Hock blade to put in it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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MickeyD

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#6 posted 1377 days ago

There is a mention of it at the Woodworking in America blog at Popular Woodworking.

-- -Willing to try

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1376 days ago

I have one but haven’t gotten to it yet. Keep the tips coming boys ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TechRedneck

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#8 posted 969 days ago

Been lurking for a while, I don’t do the ebay thing much however this weekend I was thinking I may like to get a #80 scraper for some larger panels of figured wood.

Anybody have luck with these? I guess I could go on fleabay but don’t know the difference between a good one or one made in Mexico or China in the Stanley line.
Tools for working Wood has the Kuntz but I have never used a Kuntz.

I noticed that WoodRiver has one, but the reviews stated they needed some work.

the #4 smoother works pretty good however no matter how I tune it on figured woods, I still get a little tear out. Could be technique but the hand scraper can get old (and hot) and tire the hands on larger panels. I had to get a project finished this weekend and had to ‘drop back and punt” to the sander because of some tear out.

suggestions?

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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Bertha

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#9 posted 969 days ago

I love my 80. You can buy replacement irons but you shouldn’t have to. The iron that comes in your plane can be reground and reburnished.

@Tech, the vintage Stanley #80 can be had for very little. The Sweetheart era ones have robust irons. It’s paramount that when you shape the iron, you get it absolutely 90 degrees to the sides. Burnishing was a learning curve for me. Once I figured that out, my 80 will tackle anything.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 969 days ago

“Ditto” on Bertha’s last post re: burnishing being the biggest learning curve. The tool itself is, literally, foolproof. Drop the blade in while the tool is on a hard, flat surface. Tighten two thumbscrews to hold the blade. Turn the center thumbscrew as much or as little as you want to get ‘action’ below the sole. Scrape.

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

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Bertha

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#11 posted 969 days ago

^before I forget, Ron Hock’s got a burnisher for $15.00 and it’s a really nice one. There’s a minimum $10 shipping, so if you want one, wait until you’re ordering some irons.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 968 days ago

Ok. Thanks for the replies. eBay is all over the place on these. Looks like avg is around $40. Vreitas has one for $65 with some “improvements”. Part of me is saying…..”just spend the extra $25 on something that won’t take a lot to prep and has the quality. Now if I can find one for $10 that’s another story.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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