Stanly #80 Cabinet Scraper or Veritas?

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Forum topic by rustynails posted 04-16-2014 04:11 AM 1817 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2014 04:11 AM

I am taking a class in a few months at Mark Adams School of Woodworking on box making with Adrian Ferrazzutti. One of the tool requirements is a Cabinet Scraper. I have use a card scraper over the years but have never used a cabinet scraper. As I look on the internet for information what comes up most is the old Stanly #80’s. Not a bad thing said about them. But in my web reviews the Veritas comes up also with good reviews. Basically I am looking to see what the forums thoughts are on the Stanly and the Veritas and who has used both and what your thoughts are on them. Any comments would be appreciated on the tools and benefits of them not the price difference. Also if someone has a good used one of either of these that they are no longer using let me know.


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 04-16-2014 11:14 AM

I have the Veritas, and there are times when it is the only surfacing tool I can use….much quicker than a card scraper. I’ve not owned a Stanley #80, but from pics I’ve seen they look pretty much the same to me. The Veritas iron may be a little better (or not). I doubt you will lose with either one. I bought the Veritas because I didn’t see too many 80’s up for sale at the time.

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#2 posted 04-16-2014 02:14 PM

I own the Veritas cabinet scraper. It is pretty effective. Compared to 80# it is slightly bigger with a longer handle. The casting is heavier and the registration is deeper.

It you have bigger hands then the Veritas will do better ergonomically. That being said. A card scraper is still preferable as the angle of attack can change consistently and the burr across the edge can be used. But if there is a big surface requires scraping then scraper plane or cabinet scraper will fare much better.

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#3 posted 04-16-2014 03:01 PM

I picked up a Stanley No. 80 in an antique store. After I cleaned it up and put a good edge on the iron, it works pretty well. I had some chattering issues at first, but I think it needed a bit more fettling. With a nice burr, it takes some nice shavings and no more chattering. Sorry I can’t compare it to the Veritas—I don’t have any experience with that scraper.

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 02:55 AM

Thanks everyone for the info. It looks like I can’t go wrong with ether one. But it sounds like the Veritas is more favored. I guess I have to decide on new or old and the price.

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 03:02 AM

I have the Stanley, it’s fantastic. How’s that.
I love the tool. I paid $15 for it.

My next plane will be the cabinet makers scraper plane, or scraper plane…
which you are not asking about.

Save your money get a used stanley, and use the money toward a real scraper plane…

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 01:52 PM

I recently found a Stanley 80 in an antique store for $18. It was in pretty good condition and it has a sweetheart scraper blade. Not much meat left on the sweetheart so I ordered a Hock replacement blade for it. If you have the money, also get a good set of card scrapers and the tools to tune them up. I also have a Sargent VBM 42 scraper plane that puts a nice finish on cabinet tops. Stay away from the Kunz planes, the quality is just not there.

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