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I bought three #80 bench cabinet scrapers this week. I wanted to try one made by a UK supplier called Faithfull. The tools arrived neatly boxed and looked like any Stanley #80 scraper I’ve used over the decades. The main body seemed as good as any Stanley minus holes in the handles, which I drilled out myself with a 3/8” twist bit. The knurled screws would have been better with thumbscrews for convenience and easy torque application instantly. I bought these online for £11. That’s the cheapest price for a new tool, or it seemed that way, but when I got into the heart of the scraper I noticed that the cutting blade was thinner than normal. Some might say that this doesn’t affect the performance but it actually does. There is a little more flex that results in a tinnier sound on the wood, but the cutting seems unhindered and the cut productive. The thinner blade was easier to sharpen and the blade took and kept a good edge. I will test it out over a longer period to establish my final feelings.
Here is another rub.

The bevel on the cutting iron was ground at 25-degrees as if being a regular plane iron rather than a scraper iron. This leads me to think that Faithful knows nothing about the tool. To establish the correct 45-degrees is easiest using a honing guide like the one shown here. I set the proper angle using a combination square.

I leave the stock slightly off the wheel so that as I grind on the diamond plates the ground bevel sits dead on 45-degrees when done.

 

 

 

 

 

I go through the usual three grits to get to a more polished edge on the final honing at 1200.

 

 

 

 

 

After that the consolidation process of sharpening scrapers follows the standard procedure. I found the scraper worked perfectly after the simple remedial steps. The honing guide is a standard single roller guide I like to use for redressing cutting irons. They are inexpensive and last a long time.The simplicity of set up has long been its chief selling point. Not sophisticated and unpretentious all around.

3 Comments

  1. momist on 14 February 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I needed a blade for an old Record 080 cabinet scraper that had lost one, and wondered if a Faithful blade might serve. The width at 69mm (2-3/4″) is the same as that in a Stanley No.80 and I presume a Record 080, but the Faithful blade is only 42.3 mm long, whereas the Stanley (and Record?) blades are more than 60mm – about 2-1/2″ new?
    The blade in my Stanley, by an unknown maker, is 1.4mm thick, whilst the Faithful blade is only 1.025mm. Anyway, it doesn’t fit the Record tool as the machined out space for the blade is too deep for the blade holder to be able to grip such a thin blade.
    So, what thickness is a Record 080 blade please?



  2. Talbert McMullin on 29 April 2018 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t know about prices on your side of the pond, but prices for the #80 in the USA are insane. Yesterday, I bought the Lee Valley Cabinet Scraper for much less. I may be crazy but I’m not stupid.



    • Jim Thornton on 23 January 2019 at 3:30 am

      I bought one myself a few weeks ago. It’s now my new “favorite tool”!



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