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531 days ago

I wonder if anyone can help me. I recently acquired a Veritas scraper plane and have been trying to use it for final wood smoothing following a no.4 smoothing plane. I’ve set the plane up following their instructions (to the best of my abilities), but it leaves a pretty deep ridge on one side of the plane. It’s not a ridge in the blade itself, comes from the setup, but when I seat the blade it’s flat. Rather than leaving a better surface than the smoothing plane it’s actually worse, which shouldn’t be. Maybe I’m putting too much camber in the plane or have the blade pitch wrong (the instructions call for 5 degrees off vertical).
I use both cabinet and card scrapers regularly with no problems but haven’t been able to figure the scraper plane out, and any help or tips on their use would be appreciated.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 531 days ago

What did Veritas support say?

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#2 posted 530 days ago

Gonna go out on a limb here, I am guessing they are closed on Sundays? Maybe he would like a little help from some people who can help him out on a Sunday? Get a life and stop hassling everyone. Contribute or move along.

jdh122, sounds to me as though the blade is higher on side than the other. That would make one of the corners of the blade dig in deeper than the other.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 530 days ago

Yep, LV is closed Sundays. I own that plane and I haven’t encountered the problem described. Is it the corner of the blade gouging the wood? Maybe knock the corner down with a file?

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 530 days ago

I have the same plane and it’s one of my favorites. But it has a learning curve.

First put a 1/16” radius on the corners of the blade to avoid leaving tracks on your workpiece.

Second, turn a small burr and use the blade as a hand scraper to find the natural cutting angle.

Make sure the camber adjuster is backed out, and adjust the blade holder to the cutting angle you found using the blade by hand.

Drop the blade in the plane with the body resting on your bench, now put your index finger on the top of the blade and push down with about the amount of force you use for a mouse click and tighten down to lock knob.

Add a little camber if needed.

Hope this helps, it took a while but I really love this plane now.

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#5 posted 530 days ago

send it to me for thirty years free assesment. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Don W

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#6 posted 530 days ago

Tsmutz gave some good advice. I’ve got the same plane and never had the issue, but then I never read their instructions either.

It sounds like one side of the blade is just digging in. Also Make sure your not just pushing down on the one side.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 530 days ago

Thanks for the advice everyone, especially Tmutz. I re-sharpened the blade and turned the burr (before seeing your message) and it worked better, but I think I’ll put the small radius on the corners like you suggest (just like with a smoothing plane).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#8 posted 530 days ago

a good point re: customer support—Lee Valley/Veritas has the best customer support!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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