The Hamler Scraper Insert is back! Last produced by Paul Hamler in 2012, this very popular tool is back in production and is in its second run.
Originally developed about 2005 by Paul Hamler, the scraper insert converts a jointer plane into a long-bed scraper plane, a tool that was never produced by Stanley or any of the other major plane makers. As with a jointer plane, the long-bed scraper flattens waves and undulations in the surface of the board and is the perfect tool for dealing with highly figured woods. The tool is designed to fit Stanley Bailey planes that have a 2 3/8 inch wide iron, including #4 1/2, later #5 1/2, #6, and #7.
More about Paul’s development process can be found on a YouTube video at https://youtu.be/fNw_SeH0JRk.
After producing several runs of scraper inserts, Paul decided to pursue other projects and made it known that this very popular tool was available for licensing. I answered the call and made a visit to Paul’s shop in Georgia. After thoroughly examining the manufacturing process and asking numerous questions, an agreement was reached to resume production of the Hamler Scraper Insert using Paul’s original molds.
The only change to the design is in the material used in its construction. The original tool was cast from bronze with stainless steel thumbscrews. The new tool has a body of cast 304 stainless steel with brass thumbscrews. All other features and functionality remain the same as Paul intended.
Note: this version fits the Stanley Bailey frog style only. A Bedrock version may be available in the future.