…How Could They Get It So Wrong? Periodically we just get it wrong! Oh, Axminster, why did you stop so short for a ha’p’orth of tar? No instructions on the scraper set up, wrong cutting blade bevel angle, single cutting edge not two? The box claims, “Superior Trade Quality” and then “Woodworking Planes” and the…

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Watch the video first to see how effectively it works. Go here: After a class, most times, I notice that  two or three (some times more) of my cabinet scrapers have been filed and honed incorrectly and end up out of square, often with the bevels are far from 45-degrees, often to a bull-nosed camber.…

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There are many wrong assumptions about scrapers and that’s why so many people abandon them when they arrive brand new. I often hear visitors in my workshop where one of them points to #80 cabinet scrapers and tell their children or spouses that what’s on the workbench is a spokeshave. Look in the spokeshave category on…

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Following the blog I did to redress concerns I had with the Kunz #80 cabinet scrapers, I received some questions because the manufacturers decided to send out the scrapers with square-ground edges instead of with the 45-degree standard bevel required for the scraper to function correctly. The makers may not know this but in my view…

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Question: HI! Paul, Happy New Year! Not to beat a dead horse, but I received a Kunz 80 for Christmas. I was pleased to find that the blade had one side beveled to 45 degrees. That was the only good thing I could find. The sole was very roughly ground and does indeed mar the…

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Someone asked me to try the Kunz blade in the Stanley #80. It fits fine and the blade thickness is about the same as Record and Stanley types too. In my view a scraper blade should not be less than 1mm otherwise they tend to flex. If you need to replace a blade consider buying…

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I wanted to try out the Kunz scraper for myself, to see if it lived up to recognized standards always attributed to German engineering standards and thoughtfulness of design. I was surprised and disappointed once again. Whereas the overall tool is made well enough, it’s the minor detail that makes the major difference. we have seen…

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Cabinet scraper- simple, effective and unequalled I read a recent Fine Woodworking article that conveyed that certain authoritativity in stating “You Need a Cabinet Scraper.” It became one of those articles you first skim over in a glimpse and then you look back to see if what you read was really in print and that you…

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I posted a blog recently saying the Faithfull Bench Cabinet Scrapers were OK but discovered they are not quite OK. We discovered a serious flaw in the blade retention. Either the iron is too thin or the recess it fits into is too deep. Either way, the problem is that the blade slips upwards under…

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  • Matison on A Future PastIf ever there is a time in the future when you can no longer work wood (I hope it never happens), I would encourage you to write books. Books about woodworking, your life or anythi…
  • Roy Montgomery on My Latest Giveaway is now OPEN!Well done Paul. You inspired me to start woodworking with hand tools so thanks
  • Tom OBrien on A Future PastPaul, Thank you once again for a great narrative. I still remember a half-day course you presented at Elm Mott many years ago. I have tried to impart a little of what I learned in…
  • Eric Michaelsen on My Latest Giveaway is now OPEN!Congratulations! Absolutely deserved. Hope those tools come to Argentina!
  • Michael Boyle on My Latest Giveaway is now OPEN!Well done Paul, keep up the good work!
  • Tony on A Few Years AgoPaul, I have just discovered you on/via youtube. A living treasure you are and as a 50yo lawyer just now returning to hobby woodworking you are an amazing resource and teacher. Tha…
  • Paul Sellers on Perfection RevisitedI'm sorry, Vidar, but his question is meant for me to answer and I thoroughly understand when someone asks questions like this. Without trying to be disagreeable, if someone likes…