Buying a #80 Scraper
Paul found that although the Faithfull #80 Scraper is similar to the Stanley, the blade was thinner and sharpened to the wrong angle. Although this turned out to be easier to sharpen, it didn’t work as well as a thicker plate. The Axminster Rider No. 80 Scraper comes with an extra thick blade which is hardened, this makes it impossible to sharpen by conventional filing methods. We would recommend buying a Veritas blade for £11 and using it in the Axminster Rider No. 80 Scraper. It can also be known as a cabinet scraper, if you are struggling to find one try searching for that instead. Make sure to check the price of replacement blades when you order to check they are affordable.
🇬🇧/🇺🇸 We bought this for £20.40 (inc VAT £24.48) with £3.95 shipping* in January 2018 which is also available to order from the US.
*Price checked October 2022
Setting Up and Sharpening a #80 Scraper
Setting Up Whilst working on a flat surface, turn the adjusters to loosen the retaining bar and load the blade into the holder. The 45 degree angle should be facing the back. Pinch the bar and blade against the body of the holder, making sure the cutting edge stays flush with the sole, and tighten…
Using a #80 Scraper
When using the #80 scraper, generally known as the cabinet scraper, the first thing you should do is establish a comfortable grip. It is designed so you can hold the handles and press your thumbs into the back of the centre. This applies the most direct force behind the cutting edge. To lower the blade,…
The #80 Scraper Guide
Commonly mistaken for an oversized spokeshave, the #80 scraper slices the wood in a similar way to, but not the same as, a plane. Despite the tool’s name, the scraper does not scrape as such but cuts ultra fine shavings. This double handled tool is used in a push motion to remove very fine sections…
To read more on the #80 scraper, we recommend the following from Paul’s blog:
Why 45° on Cabinet Scraper Blades?
Axminster’s Cabinet Scraper- Uh Oh!
Cabinet Scrapers- Answering What’s Needed in Real Woodworking Realms
It looks like shipping is about $20 to the US. So the axminster for $49 plus Veritas blade and shipping brings it about the same as the Veritas cabinet scraper. Should I just get the Veritas scraper? Or is anything better about this axminster one?
If this is the same price as a Veritas for you then Paul would suggest getting the Veritas.