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If you have been putting off buying an insert from toolmaker Paul Hamler that converts a bench plane to a scraper plane, you might want to start checking your couch cushions for change.

Hamler reports that he has 40 of the inserts remaining that convert a Bailey-style plane to a scraper plane, and one insert that converts a Bed Rock plane to a scraper plane. Once these are gone, it’s going to be about a year before he makes any more. That’s because right now, he’s building miniature Kentucky long rifles.

I quite like my Hamler scraper insert and have it attached to my Stanley No. 6. You can read a review of the insert here in this earlier blog entry.

The inserts are $150 plus $10 postage. You can contact Hamler at

– Christopher Schwarz

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  • Jonas Jensen

    I really like the looks of it.
    I have a Stanley 12 3/4, and I honestly think that it is too short, I tend to make it dig in when I pass the end of a board. This one looks like it could do the trick. But I couldn’t justify buying one with the small amount of scraping I am doing.
    cool idea though.

  • MikeH

    Oops, please scratch that last comment.

    Just saw the link to the 2007 earlier blog entry. The question has been answered more than adequately.

  • MikeH

    Perhaps my curiosity derives from ignorance…….

    What advantage might a scraper insert confer that can’t be gotten from a dedicated Veritas scraper plane at a similar cost, or one by TL-N for a couple of dozen dollars more?


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