Veritas Small Scraping Plane

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Review by vipond33 posted 10-27-2012 04:00 PM 8772 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There are things you can do with a scraper that would defeat even the finest of hand planes. The micro geometry of their cut produces a Type II shaving, yielding a perfect surface even going fully against interlocked grain or over knots.

I use a variety of scrapers and for spot work nothing beats a card type or even an ordinary paint scraper. One problem with these types is that they will follow any undulations on the existing surface as they have no registration (sole). For larger work where I do need accuracy and flatness I use the Veritas Cabinet Scraper and have been very pleased with its performance.

The newest pretender to the throne in my kit is this small scraper plane. It is only 1/4” narrower than the cabinet type yet delivers the same results with several added features.

It can be used one handed, can work right up to adjacent vertical surfaces and is generally much more maneuverable. It can be used on narrow stock with confidence as the centre of gravity is very low with its block plane style of shape and grip.

This is one very comfortable chunk of steel to wield as the rear palm rest is fully adjustable to your hand and the heavy weight feels just right. The blade lock is fast and easy to set with adjustable camber provided via a rear set screw.

All good but for one thing. The blade. All scrapers suffer from the same limitation of having to spend a whole lot of your work time sharpening and resetting the blade. They may cut like a dream but they sure don’t last long. I’ve had this tool for 1 1/2 years now and first attempted to extend the blade life by cutting a HSS planer blade down to a 2” length and grinding a notch in the top. This gave me triple the working time or more and is well worth doing. But now I’ve discovered the ne plus ultra for this tool. For $29 (on sale at Normand) I invested in a box of 10 double edged carbide cutters meant for shaper heads or flush trimming router bits.

No hook is possible with these though it does not seem to make much difference and believe it or not you may still put a very slight camber on them even though they are solid carbide. I’m expecting 10x the life over HSS and at $1:50 per extended use it sure beats the snot out of Lee valley’s usurious price of $10 for an ordinary replacement blade. And speaking of usurious, why is my much larger cabinet scraper blade from them priced at only $5:20? Feh. Real nice tools but predatory pricing at times.
However, if you appreciate scraping and can afford it, get it.

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-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 04:32 PM

Thanks for this review Gene, I agree it’s a great little scraper. Now where did you source the double edged carbide cutters?

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

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#2 posted 10-27-2012 05:46 PM

I need to step up my game.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 06:39 PM

Nice review Gene, thanks. I’ve been thinking about getting one for awhile and this will help make my decision.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 07:01 PM

A VERY nice review Gene. It makes even me want to go out and get one. And if it was offered by WC, I probably would.

+1 on the replacement source. I found these 305000 Solid Carbide Reversible Knives at Amazon. Similar, but at a minimum, different packaging.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 10-28-2012 02:49 AM

Thanks for the review.

why is my much larger cabinet scraper blade from them priced at only $5:20? It must be the fine detail work for the smaller blade ;-))

-- 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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#6 posted 10-28-2012 06:38 AM

Usefull little tool. I doubt that it is available in Italy though. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 10-28-2012 09:42 AM

thanks for the review

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 11:23 AM

Thanks for the review. It is on my wish list.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 08:10 PM

Good review….....It’s on my list too!

-- The project is never finished until the workbench is full of tools!"

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 10:19 PM

I’ve never used scrapers for finishing. This may be the wrong place to ask, but is the intent to replace sandpaper on highly figured woods? what is the disadvantage to using good sandpaper in the same situation you might use a scraper? Thanks!

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#11 posted 11-01-2012 12:53 AM

scrapers leave shavings.

sandpaper leaves dust.

In many circumstances a scraper is faster at removing material and unlike a plane, will not leave tear out.

Nice new toy and good review

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 11-01-2012 01:01 AM

It has to do with the general difference between sanding and planing or scraping.
Either of these last two will yield a brighter, clearer surface enabling more depth and shimmer under finish.
Sand half a board, plane the other half and finish. If you notice a difference, and you should, then you’ll probably be hooked (small bad pun).

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#13 posted 11-01-2012 02:16 AM

Good pun Gene.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#14 posted 11-01-2012 03:49 AM

I suffer from hyper tension when I see people who think they can sand out the scar on a tree when a scraper is faster and ultimately is the only way to remove the bruise : )) Trees cut into timber and shaped into life is quite a unique journey where steel meets wood and minds mingle

At the end of the day, there actually is an “easy” way, but that involves a scraper where in a TV world where hollywood decides “Easy” from a “couch” thats comfortable, is a much harder sell ?

There is nothing quite like the first day ya get it, and you peel crisp, perfectly fine shavings of wood by bending sharpened steel and smelling that first clean whisping smell of wood and you almost think…….what a shame to throw them out ?

Its a sweet moment knowing how to put steel to wood and shape a dream

Never forget how fun it was to own crayons.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 11-20-2014 03:06 PM

I have one of these, and thought I would try the carbide scraper blades. My experience is they just produce dust, not fine shavings. I sharpened an edge with a super fine diamond stone with no real improvement. Not being able to put a hook on the carbide is the problem. I’ve used a HSS blade in the large scraper plane with great success, so I may see if I can dig up some HSS to try, since it can be burnished to a hook.

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