Low-Cost Scraper Plane
Convert a low-angle plane simply by changing blades
Synopsis: Most wood surfaces are easily handled with a sharp, well-tuned bench plane, but occasionally you’ll run into an area of wood so ornery that only a scraper can deliver a good finish. There’s no need to buy a commercial scraper plane or to deal with the chatter that these planes often produce, Brian Boggs says. Any type of low-angle handplane can be converted to a scraper plane that will practically guarantee no tearout. The only investment is the cost of a replacement blade and the time it takes to regrind it to the proper angle for scraping.
A sharp and well-tuned bench plane can handle the vast majority of surfaces, but every now and then you run into an area of wood so ornery that only a scraper can deliver a good finish. However, I’ve found it difficult to prevent chatter on some commercial scraper planes, so…