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Stanley #80 Cabinet Scraper

ryan's picture

I just bought a Stanley #80 cabinet scraper at a garage sale.   At $10, I thought it was a good deal.  It's in great shape, but I'd like to start with a fresh blade.  Does anyone know if they are still available?  I know lee valley makes a cabinet scraper that is based on the #80.  Are the blades the same size? 



dirtstirrer's picture

(post #98882, reply #1 of 12)

Hi Ryan,

You've got quite a bit of leeway with what will fit into the 80.  The replacement won't have to be an exact match.  You can make your own out of an old handsaw, and I think the Two Cherry's scrapers may fit the 80 too.  I'll compare mine and try to remember to post the results.


Len's picture

(post #98882, reply #2 of 12)


How bad is the blade? I find with all my old tools the steel is better than the new ones. You can sharpen a scraper blade with file. The #80 blade has a 45 degree bevel on it. Then use a burnisher to put a hook on the blade.

But if you want to buy one. WoodCraft carries them and Hock makes a blade for it. The Hock blade will cost more than twice what you paid for the scraper.

Enjoy your new tool

Len "You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time. " J. S. Knox
JohnWW's picture

(post #98882, reply #3 of 12)

The blade widths of the Stanley scraper and the Veritas are the same, 2 3/4 inch.

John W.

John White Shop Manager for FWW Magazine, 1998 to 2007

douglas2cats's picture

(post #98882, reply #4 of 12)

I got my #80 from a garage sale too. After cleaning up the rust on the sole and thumbscrews it's been a darn nice tool for $5 (sorry), but the blade was pretty well pitted. I picked up a replacement from Highland Hardware.

Waddaya mean it wont fit through the door?

If you build it he will come.

jigsawjohn's picture

(post #98882, reply #5 of 12)

Call Lee valley they will be glade to help you there great pepole.


Ron4's picture

(post #98882, reply #6 of 12)

Woodcraft carries a replacement blade and Hock has one also.


The woodcraft is 6.99 16K61 and works fine

the hock is somewhat more expensive.

Edited 9/23/2005 6:24 pm ET by ron4

5418's picture

(post #98882, reply #7 of 12)

I have the Veritas version of the #80 and have always wondered why the Hock version of the replacement blade ($20+) costs so much more than the Veritas replacement ($3.50 I think). I'm pretty sure the Veritas one fits the original Stanley. If not, you can always grind the excess blade off.

Ron4's picture

(post #98882, reply #8 of 12)

The Hock is 3 X 2 3/4 X 1/16

The Stanley is 1 5/8 X 2 3/4 X 3/64

I bought the Hock because the # 80 I found didn't come with a blade. After I bought the Hock I found the Stanley replacment at Woodcraft.


Because the #80 is such a low tech weapon the blade and tuning up doesn't matter as much as with a plane but the hock does seem to perform a little better and would leave you with a lot of meat after repeated sharpings. for $20.00 I would go with the Hock.

EdHarrison's picture

(post #98882, reply #9 of 12)

The #80 is one of my favorite tools.  The beauty of it is that it is easy to sharpen (clamp the blade in a vise, use a mill file to file at 45 degrees, simply "eyeballing" the angle, polish the bevel on a piece of sandpaper that you were about to throw away, and turn the "hook" with the barrel of a screwdriver), and the depth is easy to quickly set with the adjustment screw.  From there you can produce shavings in figured maple or most anything.

I wonder if there's an article idea for someone who regularly writes these articles in producing a nifty wooden version of the #80?  There was an article on Buckhorn scrapers in FWW several years ago, and a cool article on making a wooden router plane in a pub recently (I'm making a couple of those, now).  Maybe there's an article on a nifty wooden cabinet scraper that you could make from hardwood shop scraps out there for someone,...

I would cut the blade out of a turn-of-the century used-up Disston saw avail for $5.00 at a flea market using a dremel tool with cutting disk, then smooth up on a belt sander.  



Location: Western Montana

LarryMartin's picture

(post #98882, reply #10 of 12)

I'm a big fan of Ron Hock's blades, He's quite a guy. His blades are always so much thicker than anyone else's and that really makes a great difference in performance. Give him a call and ask him why his blade would do a beter job for you.

ryan's picture

(post #98882, reply #11 of 12)

Thanks for the tips everyone.  Figured maple, as mentioned in one of the posts, is exactly what I was going to use it for.  I'm going to lee valley this week anyway, so I'll pick up a blade there.  I'll be trying out the scraper this weekend, so wish me luck.


Garry's picture

(post #98882, reply #12 of 12)

Hey Ryan,

Once you get to know your Stanley #80 cabinet scraper, you will find yourself using it often.
I purchased a bunch of Stanley planes, router plane and this Stanley #80 cabinet scraper this summer at a garage sale this summer.
Sunday I used the Stanley #80 cabinet scraper on some curly yellow birch. The tearout was considerable even with a Stanley No. 4 honed well enough to shave with but the Stanley #80 cabinet scraper handled the job beautifully.