No. 80 Cabinet Scraper by KUNZ
The No. 80 Cabinet Scraper is just the tool for the final cleaning and finishing of most hardwoods and is especially good for cross-grained or curly-grained wood. The blade is made from tough high carbon steel with a factory prepared edge angle of 90 degrees. The body is made from fine grey cast iron and coated with an epoxy for durability. The base is finely ground and 3 3/8" wide. Total length is 11 1/4" with a blade width of 2 3/4". For optimal performance, proper tuning of the blade is recommended before use. Crafted in Germany by KUNZ. View Traditional Woodworker's Entire Selection of Planes, Spokeshaves & Scrapers.
KUNZ of Germany
KUNZ is a family owned company originally founded by Gustav Kunz in 1910. The company is one of the few remaining German toolmakers specializing in traditional woodworking tools such as hand planes and spokeshaves. Since 1993, the tradition of manufacturing KUNZ tools to their usual high attention to detail and precision has been carried out by Tresselt in Grossbreitenbach, Germany.
Cabinet Scraper Blade Tuning
The process for tuning the No. 80 Cabinet Scraper blade is straightforward. First, create a beveled edge using a mill file. The bevel angle may be anywhere between 45 and 90 degrees depending on individual preferences with the 45 degree making for a more aggressive cut.
Second, hone both the bevel and the flat side on a sharpening stone to create a polished edge.
Third, draw an edge with a burnisher on the side opposite of the bevel.
Fourth, turn a hook with a burnisher being applied first onto the bevel and then gradually at a slightly higher angle than the prepared bevel angle. Make sure that the hook forms on the side opposite of the bevel side not the other way around.
Finally, insert the blade from the bottom to protect the edge and with the bevel side facing the back towards the adjustment screw. An old trick for setting a fine-cut depth is to rest the sole on a piece of paper and letting the blade drop down to the table surface. Have fun.