Great scraper burnisher

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Review by Tennwood posted 01-19-2012 12:43 AM 8056 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a Woodcraft coupon about to expire and no other great needs at the time, so I bought the Veritas Variable Burnisher on a whim. (Actually what I went in for they didn’t have in stock that day). I normally sharpen my scrapers using a wet stone and round burnisher getting ok results. I can always get shavings, but not like they should be. Retail cost of the Veritas is $32.50, but with my coupon, I figured I couldn’t loose too much. It turned out to be a great deal.

The instructions are simple and straight forward. Ten minutes from opening the box, reading the instructions and putting an edge on the scraper, I was making great shavings. Now it should take less than a minute to set it up and put the edge on. It was easy to use and took one tenth the effort I usually put in using the wet stones and round burnisher. The burnisher also allows you to vary the angle of the hook on the scraper from 0 to 15 degrees, taking the guess work out of it. The hook(s) can be made on any and all of the edges. It should work with most round edge scraper too. Also included is a 2-1/2 inch by 6 inch scraper.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 01:14 AM

Thanks for posting this . I didn’t know that it existed until now : )

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 02:22 AM

I almost pulled the trigger on this, but it felt like cheating. It was also hard to find any reviews online that said whether or not it worked well. Thanks for the review.

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 05:08 AM

Awesome; I just ordered one of these yesterday; good to know that it was worth the money!

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 05:15 AM

Good review thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 01-19-2012 06:00 AM

I’ll have to look into one of these! I don’t mind cheating. How does it work? Magic? Great review, by the way.

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 09:10 AM

Sharpening plane irons? Check. Chisels? Check. But when it comes to scrapers, I just can’t do it well for some reason. After watching every video out there on scraper sharpening, I had all but given up, but maybe this little guy is the ticket. And Lee Valley/Veritas takes more of my money…

Thanks for posting!

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 01:39 PM

I bought one at the Woodworking Show… I am waiting for it to arrive.
Thanks for the review. I feel better about spending all that $$ now!

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 03:02 PM

+1 on the review. I heard a lot of bad reviews of this item, but bought it anyway. I’m not sure I can tell a big difference when I change the angle, but it does seem to do a fine job of placing the hook.

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 04:57 PM

I’ve been thinking of getting one of these… Thanks for posting!

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#10 posted 01-24-2012 01:29 PM

Great review. One question – you have to start with a flat square edge that’s normally done with a file and then a stone(s). Does it do that step for you or do you still have to go through that? After squaring I can burnish it for a while but eventually it needs to be squared again. Still looking to getting it because sometimes I get a nice burr and sometimes not. Would be nice to get a consistent burr.

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#11 posted 01-26-2012 04:18 AM

Thanks for this informative review. Seems to take the inconsistencies and guesswork out of burnishing the scraper edge at various angles.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 01-27-2012 11:51 PM


The instructions say to reset the burnisher to 0, take a couple of passes and then set the hook angle and burnish. It also says that when the edge gets worn to file the edge smooth and square. The easiest way I have found to do this is using a wet stone, but I would think a sharpening stone would also work. I know with all scrapers, they have to be filed down occasionally to get to new metal and then squared and burnished.
Hope this helps.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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