REVIEW: Veritas Scraping Set

I recently bought several Xmas gifts from Lee Valley, and included a "From Me To Me" in with the shipment. I purchased the Veritas Scraping Set, which includes the Veritas Variable Burnisher, Scraper Holder, Jointer/Edger, an 8" mill bastard file, and 4 Super Hard Milled Scrapers.
The first thing I noticed is that you actually get 6 scrapers, as one each comes packaged with the burnisher and the scraper holder. Secondly, my inital impression is that all of the products appear to be pretty solidly built. I was a bit concerned about possibly receiving some lightweight cheezy plastic crap based on an earlier review I'd read somewhere - but all seem fine. The burnisher and scrpaer holder *are* plastic ("glass filled nylon" for the holder), but they seem very sturdily built. The jointer is extruded aluminum. All use brass hardware.
Having never used scrapers before, I figured I'd start with this set so as to give myself the best chance at doing a good job out of the gate. So far so good - I just put a 5 degree hook on one of them, and knocked off some nice shavings off of a piece of scrap maple. It left a very nice finish - just as I'd been led to believe was possible. As it's 11:00pm here, I haven't had much time to really do too much work with them, but I'll post follow ups as I put more hours on them. I was just psyched to get out and acutally use them!
My only "gripe" so far is that the variable burnisher sort of hops up onto the edge of the scraper as you push it across, and then hops off at the end. I sort of think it's just because you can't acutally see the burnishing rod going across the surface, like you could with just a steel bar. I was a bit concerned I might run the thing off the edge an then gash my wrist on the scraper as it slid off the end. This has NOT happened, and I feel very confident it won't - as the plastic housing for the burnisher is of large enough size to pretty much prevent it.
Final Note: The service at LV has been excellent, and all of the products I've ordered so far appear to be of top quality. While they probably don't have *the* lowest price on everything, it appears they are really trying not to sell crap. I'll buy from them again.
JP ********************************** Disassembly/reassembly is frequently quicker, and results in MUCH cleaner refinishing than trying to get crap out of every nook and cranny all put together. YMMV.
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IIRC the directions warn of this possibility and how to prevent it.
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On Tue, 25 Nov 2003 04:49:32 GMT, "Leon"

Indeed they do! It's actually bold printed in a separately outlined box next to a CAUTION! sign. Once I picked up the back of the box and looked again I noticed it. In thinking further about how I initially missed it, I can only come up with the following theory. After years of reading stuff like "Caution - Contents are hot!" on the sides of coffee cups, or "Caution - blades are sharp and can cut you." in packaging for cutting instruments, I've just come to ingnore the writing printed next to the word CAUTION as it's just common sense 98% of the time. Friggin' lawyers....
JP ************************************* WRT the instructions on the back of the cartons, I noticed it early and was able to pull the plastic cover from the cardboard, as opposed to shredding the cardboard from the plastic. Instructions intact.
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agreed:

Hey, I missed it too. Have been pushing it all these years.
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LOL... Sounds like me reading software agreements before installing.
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Jay Pique wrote:

My someday list totals more than $1600, but it will take awhile. :) (The set you speak of is on it, so it was good to hear your thoughts.)
My only beef with my only LV product (the ubiquitous honing guide/angle setter combo) was that they printed the rather lengthy, detailed instructions on the back of the package, but did not include an instruction sheet. The package was tough to open, and I'm not a patient man when it comes to such things, so I destroyed the packaging in the process of extracting my new goodie.
Luckily I had already printed the instructions off the web site. No big thing; just seemed like a lack of foresight.
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[snip]

Pull the burnisher instead of pushing it, and it will be completely impossible to cut yourself on the scraper.
-- Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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I too just recieved this set. I also ordered thier new shoulder plane. Everything is awesome! I wish LV made microwaves and cars and computers too, cause everything I have by them is fantastic.
I agree about putting the instructions on the back, they need to include a sheet as most of their products require alot of instructions especially for newbs like me.
I do feel however that the burnisher would be better if it were all metal. I have found the edge of the scrapers catching on the plastic and shaving a bit of plastic off every time I run it through.
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edge of the scrapers catching on the metal and shaving a bit of metal off every time you run it through. :-)
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Thanks for the review, Jay. Very nice.
Have a nice week...
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