Surprise Swap scraper plane

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 07-09-2017 12:48 AM 2016 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As part of the spring 2017 surprise swap, I decided to make a scraper plane. But rather than a 112-style scraper, I prefer the Stanley #80. I use spokeshaves in a lot of places where normal people use planes.

I started by cutting some handles from some 8/4 red oak I have on hand. For the front of the plane, I wanted something hard that would hold up over time, and went with a piece of macacauba (sold as granadillo by Savage Woods in Texas). I’d never worked with it before, but wanted to stretch myself for the swap. It’s a pleasure to work with, and I’ll be using it again in future projects.

Shaping the handle was done with a coping saw, various spokeshaves, chisels and a slojd. I also had picked up a big rasp down at Handworks 2017 and used that. Cut out a recess for the retaining block to fit into, cut another recess for the blade, shape the block to match the shape of the handle, create a mouth, install some brass inserts to hold the block in place, and then pretty it all up when I discovered I was sending a plane to a plane-maker (Mark Kornell).

Part of the prettying-up was getting a NEJE laser engraver to engrave a mark and customize the tool. I’d seen other people do that in the past, and it sounded like a cool idea to me. The laser engraver is a fun toy.

The design ended up being my own. It’s based on the Stanley 80 (picked one of those up at Handworks, too), but I also took inspiration from Mafe’s scraper shaves blog posts. Hope Mark gets good use out of it! I know that the slightly rougher prototype that I kept for my own shop is handy when I need to smooth some tricky grain.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 07-09-2017 05:51 AM

I will definitely get good use out of it!

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 09:00 AM

Competing with Kenny was a smart move. Two different takes on the same function. Excellent job!

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 07-09-2017 10:48 AM

Good to hear Mark.

Yeah, Dave. I meant to do that. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 07-09-2017 01:25 PM

This is another nice shop-made tool. It’s very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 07-09-2017 03:52 PM

I like it Dave!! I have a couple #80s I use a lot. This is a very useful build and well executed!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 07-09-2017 04:09 PM

Thanks, Kenny! High praise from the other scraper plane maker. Wish I was happier with the 112 style, but it just doesn’t feel as right in my hands as the 80.

Thanks, Charles!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 07-10-2017 08:58 AM

Wonderful Dave, you sure gave them life.
Some one will be really happy.
Fine work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 07-10-2017 11:04 AM

Thank you, Mads!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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