Oh great guru’s of the plane, enlighten this poor soul.
I have a nice LV Bevel Up Smoother with the 50 degree blade – 62 degrees total angle. This tool does great work on curly maple, but is not useful (in my hands) for final smoothing of an assembled face frame – it requires a lot of force and I find that I do as much damage as good at the intersections. However, it is great at smoothing all the pieces before I assemble them.
Sooooo, I looked at the ad for the Veritas Scraping Plane which implies (to me, anyway) that it is a replacement for sandpaper, and at the ad for Cabinet Scraper, which suggests that it’s a replacement for the belt sander, capable of doing both very coarse and very fine work. What the heck, it’s my birthday, I’ll get both.
I carefully followed all the directions and sharpened and honed the blades, and set a mild hook.
And, they both cut like gang-busters.
Problem is, I can’t tell any difference between the cut of the Scraping plane and that of the BUS, EXCEPT that the scraping plane takes a more aggressive shaving and, if anything requires more force to take a shaving than the BUS does. This without any forward lean on the blade, at all.
I am dissapointed, because I had hoped to use the Scraper Plane in place of the random orbit sander for finishing up curly maple face frames, in order to retain the clarity of the wood grain.
The Cabinet Scraper (a nice tool, by the way) actually seems to be capable of taking less aggressive, and thereby finer cuts. And it’s certainly cheaper than the Scraper Plane.
So, am I screwing up and just have’nt figured out how to set up the Scraping Plane yet? Or are these three tools essentially equivalent at doing the same job.