Is the Woodriver #80 cabinet scraper any good?

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Forum topic by CO_Goose posted 11-07-2017 03:50 AM 926 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2017 03:50 AM

I noticed this month that Woodcraft has the #80 cabinet scraper plane on sale for $36. Does anyone have any experience with this model? Is it any good?
(Nov 2017)

I looked at it in the store and noticed that the base is rather rough looking, it would take a bit of time on sandpaper to smooth it out, which I suspect would need to be done since this is to put a nice smooth finish on the wood that you are working on, and a rough base would be counterproductive.

So is this a good buy, with a little work, or should I keep saving my pennies for something better?


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#1 posted 11-07-2017 05:36 AM

Unless you go premium, it’s likely to take some work. I bought the Kunz off of Amazon. It required a lot in the way of flattening and smoothing the sole, but the result was excellent. I ordered thumb screws to replace the screws that tighten the blade and the one that flexes it. That made it much nicer to use.

In hindsight, I’d go with the Lee Valley though. Their tools are more ready to go out-of-the-box.

-- My grandfather always said that when one door closes, another one opens. He was a wonderful man, but a lousy cabinet maker

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#2 posted 11-07-2017 07:24 AM

The Veritas is a good scrapper but I still like my old Stanley #80 with a Hock iron.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 11-07-2017 02:23 PM

I just got the Veritas cabinet scraper a week ago and have already put it through the paces. I absolutely love it! Not having to flatten or fettle with it right out of the box was definitely worth the extra cost, IMHO.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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