Shop Made Scraper Planes

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I made these last September, at the end of my shop-made hand tools binge. (I am sure I will have more such binges.) I have not had a chance to post them since I was busy putting my website together. I am experimenting with showing off projects with video. Let me know what you think (both about the scraper planes themselves and the use of video).

Click here to read my write-up and see the video.

Click here to go directly to the video

I am also working on a demo video on using these planes. Perhaps next week.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 04:14 AM

Nice job Brian. You’re well on the way to becoming one of my heros:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 04:20 AM

Holy cow, these are amazing. I can’t believe how smoothly and cleanly those scrapers are cutting. Great work!

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 04:35 AM


Those are very nice!


-- Formerly known as John's Woodshop - and NO not the one from Ohio!

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 04:40 AM

They are some very pretty planes…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 05:07 AM

Very cool Brian, I have been interested in possibly making one of these. What angle is the card scraper set to in your planes?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 07:33 AM

Very nice job Brian! I’ve been wanting to build some of these for a while and just never seem to have the time…one of these days! I’ll be referring to your notes when I do!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 12:46 PM

Amazing scraper planes Brian. I would love to make one of these. I have considered buying a scraper plane many times, but like you say, the price is prohibitive. Your videos and website are also outstanding. Your intention to share your skills and and woodworking journey with others is a testament to your good character. It will be interesting to watch you progress and I wish you much success.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 07:59 PM

Ok Brian; You are required to either make a blog describing how to make one of these fine instruments of wood surfacing, or start selling them!
Nicely done.

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 09:40 PM

If I could the patrons for my chairs would be requesting that you make me a set. Good job! Keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#10 posted 12-02-2009 09:46 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the feedback, comments, and support. :-) I am happy folks like the scrapers.

(PrairieFire) They are easier to make than a regular wooden hand plane. Since scraping is self-regulating cut, a lot of things are not as critical as on a regular hand plane. For instance, since it is a scraping tool, there is no need to have a tight, precise mouth like on a regular plane. If you have made a wooden hand plane, these would be a cinch. The one thing that I thought would be an issue is that. with the blade leaning forward, I thought that the open area in front of the blade would need to be large so that I could clear the shavings. This turned out to be unnecessary since scraper shavings are so fine that they simple fall back out of the mouth.

(Timbo) On the mini-planes I used a bed angle of 20 degrees (or should I say -20 since it leans forward, not back like a regular plane.) I copied this angle from a #80 cabinet scraper as a starting point. I found that sometimes the burr is turned over a little more than will engage at 20 degrees, so I increased it to 25 degrees on the full size. This seems to work better.

(TopamaxSurvivor) Hero? Not sure if I am ready to fit those shoes just yet. LOL. I see you met one of mine last month. He’s given me a lot of great tips on making videos.

(stefang) You are kind. I get great pleasure from teaching and sharing, and I am starting to find that I learn as much as I share.

(ratchet) both thoughts have crossed my mind. I have a short demo that I have not finished, in which I give a few tidbits on how to make them.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#11 posted 12-02-2009 10:24 PM

butyful scraperplane`s have just put on my favorit list wisch I had seen them long time ago when I handsandet my 8o Year old bench I was lucky to get when I bought my hause 10 year´s ago I will deffently built some of those when I get the bench op and running (dam so many tool`s to make and so little time)
keep on Brian you track is good in the future


ps. a blog on how to make them please.

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#12 posted 12-03-2009 02:53 AM

Thanks for the info Brian. Todd Clippinger did a blog about card scrapers without creating a burr on the card, just using a file to flatten the card, here is the link: I’m curious if it would work in your scraper planes? (the angle may need to be different) Do you think you could give it a try next time you need to dress one the scraper cards?
Thanks again, Tim

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#13 posted 12-03-2009 05:18 AM

A great job on the planes. They look great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#14 posted 12-05-2009 02:51 PM

Sweet! Great job. How much do they cost? Iv’e been looking to buy one.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Brian Havens

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#15 posted 12-08-2009 12:37 AM

Timbo, I will give the Todd technique a try and let you know

Dennis, I do not have any for sale at this point, but I have had several requests for instructions/blog. Perhaps a video. Not sure if I want to go down the path of making them for the purpose of selling.

Thanks again, fellow LumberJocks!

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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