Hamler Scraper Insert
The initial batch of Hamler Scraper Inserts have all been sold. Due to the positive response, I will be making more this year. Having castings made is not a trivial process, so please be patient.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the Wait List.
June 2021 Update: even though I have prepared wax patterns for 75 more Scraper Inserts, a backlog of work at the foundry has pushed back delivery of castings by about six months. I will keep you posted as the situation changes.
October 2021 Update: the backlog at the foundry has not improved. However, this time I was invited to submit a purchase order to secure a spot in line. Thank you, everyone, for your patience. The Hamler Scraper Insert will be back in 2022!
January 2022 Update: In a couple of weeks, I will be delivering wax patterns to the foundry for 75 scraper inserts for Bailey-style planes and for 25 scraper inserts that will fit 606 and 607 Bedrock planes! I was also told place my next order soon unless I wanted to wait another six months for castings. Contact me ASAP if you are potentially interested so I can gauge how many more should be ordered.
February 2022 Update: The wax patterns were delivered to the foundry on Friday, so now I have to patiently wait for the castings to be done. They are expected to ship out by the end of March. Once they arrive, I will begin the machining and assembly process. Those currently on the Wait List will be notified first and then the rest will be posted for sale here.
April 2022 Update: New castings have been received for the Bailey and Bedrock frog designs. Machining will begin shortly. Thanks for your patience. It won't be much longer!
November 2022 Update: My apologies to all of you who have been waiting. After dealing with supply chain issues, production of the latest batch of Hamler Scraper Inserts has commenced, albeit slowly. They will first be offered to those persons on the Wait List. Any remaining units will be posted for sale here.
The Hamler Scraper Insert is back! Last produced in 2012, this very popular tool is back in production.
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.