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  • #59772
    Chris Bunney
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    Hi all,

    I recently bought one of the cheap Faithful #80 cabinet scrapers, as reviews by Paul on his blog. I knew that it would need a little remedial work to get it working properly, but for the price I thought it was worth a go!

    So, I’ve got it filed, fettled and put a nice burr on the blade and it is cutting nicely.

    One thing irritates me though – on the return stroke (i.e when it is not cuttting) the blade chatters badly and makes a horrible squealing noise. Is this normal in a cabinet scraper, or is it likely an artifact of the cheap design and construction?

    Cheers

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #59774
    Eddy Flynn
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    hi Chris i’m no expert so please don’t take this as law but i lift off on the “return stroke” . it sounds to me that you are going against the grain on the return stroke hence you are getting the feeling of chatter try lifting off and see if you feel that works better a #80 will cut in most directions but only if the blade is presented at the correct angle this is just my humble opinion but give it a try

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #59777
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Hi edfly,

    Yes – if I lift off slightly the return stroke, it doesn’t squeal like a struck pig 🙂

    I wonder if it is normal for it to squeal at all though?

    Cheers

    Chris - Exeter, UK

    #59780
    BrianJ
    Participant

    I have the varitas scraper and yes, you can get it squealing too, lifting does seem to be the key, watching Paul’s video on the subject is always beneficial as I seem to pick up something new.

    Ontario, Canada

    #59795

    Hi chris
    I have an 80 its seen a lot of use. I would expect it to act up if pulled backwards just its shape alone says don’t do that. I pick it up at the end of a stroke. I find it best to pull it to me I feel its better controled. But a lot of fokes like to push it try it both ways for a time see how it feels best to you oh sometimesra times it works best moved at an angel across the grain
    Its a great tool saves a lot of sanding…
    FrankJ

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    #60098
    Chris Bunney
    Participant

    Thanks all for the replies. Looks like lifting on the back stroke is the key!

    Out of interest, do people do this with normal planes too?

    Chris - Exeter, UK

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