By: David Anderson (Nov, 2016)
I've had my grandfather's Stanley #81 scraper plane for decades but it never had a blade so never gave it much thought. I found out recently that Hock was making new steel for it so ordered one from
Tools for Working Wood. There's no fine adjustment on the 81 so I decided to tape two pieces of masking tape on a flat board spaced about an inch apart. I set the plane on the tape and let the iron fall between the pieces of tape to the board and tightened the thumbscrew. I haven't yet tried burnishing the edge, just used it as I got the blade from Hock - pretty darn sharp - nice stuff. I'm blown away how well the plane works and that my way of initially setting it worked at all. It takes see-through curly shavings. Can't take a picture right now, but am so happy to get one more of my grandfather's old tools back into service.
I own this product.