You could do as well with a $1.89 hand-held scraper. That's the part that
does the work. Does get a bit warm in use, however. If you have a large
area, might consider taping the ends of your thumbs and index fingers.
Now consider the dial-a-curl burnisher from Lee Valley. Got one for my
eldest, because he didn't have years of experience freehanding - then I used
it. Bought it next opportunity and haven't looked back.
Gloves allow the feel of the scraper but not the warmth,
so give that a try next time. Cotton gloves over nitrile
gloves (which are then used while finishing) works even
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You are probably right, but I have yet to learn the knack of correctly
turning the edge on the handheld scrapers. I've tried several times,
following advice here and elsewhere. I have got them to where they
will make some okay shavings, but nothing in the same league as the no
80. This thing makes shavings that are a couple of feet long, paper
I have also spent quite a lot of time tuning my flea market planes,
but nothing makes shavings like that.
Probably a lot of this is that I've just got lucky and learned how to
turn an edge on the beveled scraper blade easier than on my other
My intent of course was not to disparage anyone else's tools, or their
methods -- but only to express a newbie's jubilation at actually
producing some very cool shavings with a very cheap tool.
I guess it is more properly called a cabinet scraper than a scraper
plane. Here is a link to one source:
I paid a bit less buying it at the local wood store:
Don't let anyone rain on your parade.The #80, or it's reincarnation, is a
very handy tool and you can leave it to your grandkids. Beside the usual
assortment of handheld scrapers, I own the Veritas version. It excels at
scraping glued up panels, and is the tool of choice for same.
It is a bit unwieldy for smaller pieces and parts that have already been
assembled, so you still need those thumb burners.
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