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Cabinet Scraper Plane and Burnisher

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Project by Lazyman posted 06-26-2021 07:57 PM 928 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made for Lumberjocks Plane swap that just finished up. After going through about 5 other ideas, including some prototypes, I finally settled on making a cabinet scraper. I found this plan in ShopNotes Issue No. 133 (January 2014) and followed their plans pretty closely including their choice of wing bolts from McMaster-Carr and Kunz #80 replacement blade.

The wood I call ambrosia hickory is from a log I helped a neighbor cut down about 5 or 6 years ago. The spalting is caused largely by ambrosia beetles. The wood is nice and solid and finishes to a really nice silky feel. You can see other examples of this wood in some of my other projects. There are a few worm holes in this piece that were filled with a dyed CA. I also had to fill a hole in the sole and minor crack in a knot on the sole. They were supposed to be on the top but I screwed up when cutting it out on the band saw. From tip to tip, it is just under 12” long. Initial shaping was done on the band saw and the bed angle was cut on the table saw before it was shaped by hand with block plane, chisel, rasp and shinto saw rasp.

In case my swap recipient didn’t have a burnisher, I decided to add one as a bonus item. The steel is from Taytools (via Amazon) and the handle is turned from a piece of bois d’arc (osage orange).

Here is a picture from drsurfrat (the swap recipient) in use.

EDIT: I just noticed that in the 1st and 5th photo, the blade is installed backwards.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 06-26-2021 08:04 PM

Very pretty scraper plane, Nathan! And the burnisher is a nice bonus. Thanks for playing along!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 06-26-2021 09:09 PM

Fantastic build Nathan, the spalted hickory looks awesome.

The burnisher and instructions were a great touch.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#3 posted 06-26-2021 09:58 PM

Very beautiful!

-- Devin, SF, CA

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 06-27-2021 10:02 AM

not too many people get to say they have a beautiful tool holder

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 06-27-2021 12:25 PM

This is a great tool, and the Ambrosia Hickory looks really cool!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#6 posted 06-27-2021 12:26 PM

Great work, Nathan. Looks real solid and like it fits the grip well.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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Lazyman

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#7 posted 06-27-2021 12:32 PM

Thanks guys.

LOL Dick. As long as people don’t think think that I am the tool. :-)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 06-27-2021 02:43 PM

Well done Nathan. One of the most useful tools one can own for figured or gnarly woods if you ask me. I use my #80 all the time. Yours looks far prettier than mine though! I like the ability to bend the blade with the thumbscrew for localized scraping. That’s a must-have for me on a scraper like this. And it took me a few minutes to work out what the big channel in the clamp piece is for but then it dawned on me that shavings have to go somewhere! Beautiful wood and a really useful design. Excellent work!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#9 posted 06-27-2021 03:51 PM

Beauty and function are a winning combination!
Great pieces but I wouldn’t expect anything less from you.
Beautiful!

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#10 posted 06-27-2021 05:26 PM

Beautiful work and a great idea Nathan! Some of the comments on the swap thread told me why I have been getting mixed results with my #80, I’ve been putting too much pressure on the burnisher and rolling the bur too much

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Lazyman

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#11 posted 06-27-2021 07:25 PM

Thanks Kenny, MrWolfe and Duck.

Yeah, Kenny. The the #80 doesn’t really have anything in the way and the blade is held in place by a metal strap so the curles have plenty of room to exit. I did make the mouth larger than the original Shopnotes plan because I was getting some clogging which is less of a problem with the #80.

Duck, I was starting to panic a few days before my ship deadline because I was having a problem getting consistent results. I had to walk away a few times to keep me from chucking the whole thing into the scrap bin. Turns out that I was using the same amount of pressure with the burnishing tool as I did with my handheld card scrapers where you are rolling a bur on a 90° edge. Once I finally realized that it doesn’t take as much pressure to get the appropriate bur when you have a sharp 45° bevel it suddenly started working. I watched a video by Wood by Wright and noticed that he wasn’t really doing that much burnishing to get fine shavings. Now my #80 works better too but I might make myself one of these just because I like the way it looks.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 06-27-2021 09:26 PM

Beautiful work Nathan!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Lazyman

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#13 posted 06-27-2021 10:21 PM

Thanks Steve.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 06-29-2021 04:00 AM

Would be proud to own something like that. Excellent job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Lazyman

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#15 posted 06-29-2021 04:18 AM

Thanks Mel.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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