Scraper Plane #1: Charles Hayward Scraper Plane Build

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 03-09-2015 12:43 AM 3495 reads 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I love card scrapers and I use them a lot. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that I now have osteoarthritis in my right thumb. Bending a card scraper to make those beautiful little shavings is now a pain …. literally. The answer seems to be some sort of scraper holder or scraper plane and since I discovered Charles Hayward's great book in pdf format, I have often thought about the plane he describes. It uses a Stanley #80 scraper blade, a replacement for which can conveniently be bought from Ron Hock (Hock Tools).

So a few days ago I ordered a few and while I was waiting, went to look at my small wood supply. The only thing I had that was hard enough and big enough was some Pepper Wood (schinus molle) that I saved from a tree we had taken down in our yard a couple of years back. I thought that would be perfect for my Az. shop made tool collection.

Sadly I had to cut and paste a bit to get a piece the right size.

This morning I took the glued up piece , laid out a few lines, drilled a couple of alignment holes, and ripped it at 72 degrees at the line of the blade bed.

Then I took the bit that would be the front and cut away the escapement. I seldom take the time to use a dado head as I find it usually quicker to just do repeated cuts.

Next, I did the same for the mouth and cleaned it up with a scraper.

I popped a couple of short dowels in the alignment holes and glued it back up.

While I was waiting for the HHG to set, I made up the brass retainer clamp and had a quick lunch.

After lunch I set the SS table to 18 degrees and drilled for the clamp screws (10-32). Drill, tap, install one screw, and use it as a guide to drill the other.

Next I ripped the body profile and drilled the adjuster screw hole. The SS table is amazing at this.

I tried to post this as one piece but I am getting “Application Error” messages so I’ll break it here.
Too many pictures I suspect.

:-) ........... to be continued.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 12:50 AM

I saw that you were having some posting problems, but all seems ok now.

Thanks for posting this. Just today I was wishing I had one. I’ll order some hock blades soon.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 01:22 AM

Part 1 and 2 show how talented you are. makes us think “I could do that.” Probably but without your finesse.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 01:26 AM

Love to see you Work with that saw, drill, lathe machine.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 01:36 AM

When my parents bought our cottage some 45 years ago the previous owner left a Shop Smith in the garage saying he would come back for it. As a kid I was amazed by that machine and enjoyed the summer that we had it. I secretly hoped he would forget about it. That fall, he did come back for his Shop Smith. The way that table adjusts is quite amazing. It reminds me of a Cirque du Soleil contortionist.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 01:54 AM

Again, thanks for posting this. It’s extremely useful.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 02:58 AM

Paul, have you ever tried anything like this ( for support with the card scraper?

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#7 posted 03-09-2015 03:59 AM

Thanks for the comments. I am a convert to ShopSmith, in fact I’m like a reformed smoker sometimes.

Jim thanks for the thought. I have a brace that was made for me at a hand clinic but isn’t very comfortable to work in. I will look into the one you posted.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 03-09-2015 11:20 AM

Largely due your (and some others) flattering comments on the ShopSmith, I purchased a 510 the other day. Hoping to get my garage in order over the next few days so I can begin the process of getting familiar with it. Hope to publish some pics of projects in the near future. Thanks again Paul

-- Sam

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#9 posted 03-09-2015 01:25 PM

Looks good so far Paul. I bought a #80 style scraper plane some time ago and it is a lot easier on the fingers and a pleasure to use.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-09-2015 03:10 PM

Great blog, as usual, Paul! Very informative. Great pictures.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#11 posted 03-10-2015 11:57 AM

A gr8 blog to follow along with. Good stuff Paul.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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