Curious, does anyone have and use a Veritas scraping plane insert?
I have an older Stanley #4 "on the way" (I hope), which it will fit into,
and I wonder about its performance, is it worth buying?
The only scraping experience I have is with a sharpened narrow putty
knife used on an old hammer handle, which worked quite well and
this got me going for a scraper. No sanding necassary.
I will try that eventually, but my problem is a medical one, of tardive
disconesia in both arms and hands. As a nerve disease, they feel totaly
tired and with a painful loss of strength very quickly in the muscles.
So a plane should be much easier.
I, too love card scrapers. I bought a gadget when I first bought the
card scapers. It works as advertised. It just doesn't add enough for
me to use it routinely. It might be just what you need. I think it's a
Veritas brand also. Sometimes when doing a lot of scraping, the thumbs
can get pretty hot and tired. This think provides a nice break. I turn
both edges of the scraper and freehand, it's easier to reverse the
scraper when you see one edge getting a little dull but the holder goes
p.s. It is a Veritas product. See URL
I've not used a scraper plane, but my guess is that you are absolutely
right. In my experience card scrapers work by far the best when used
"by hand" as opposed to in one of the scraper holders - and your
thumbs definitely feel it. For knocking down a finish though, I use
them on the pull stroke, frequently one-handed, and it's really not
taxing at all provided the edge is well burnished.
I went back and read some of the old threads, and it looks like if you
can scrape (har) together the additional 100 clams for the dedicated
Lee Valley scraping plane ($129) that's the way to go. Plus it's a
really cool looking tool.
Maybe next paycheck.
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