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West System Scarffer

Postby indyillini » Mon May 24, 2010 9:09 am


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Re: West System Scarffer

Postby Oyster » Mon May 24, 2010 9:40 am

I have never tried one, only used my trusty planes and assorted sanders.

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Re: West System Scarffer

Postby upspirate » Mon May 24, 2010 10:55 am

Depending what you are building,seems like a lot of money for just a few scarfs that could be accomplished cheaper

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Re: West System Scarffer

Postby Lowka53 » Mon May 24, 2010 11:49 am

I would have to agree same job can be done with table saw or skil saw and jigs, no real need for specielty tools
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Re: West System Scarffer

Postby ttownshaw » Mon May 24, 2010 1:13 pm

Yep, I've seen that...I like my jig better though.

See the middle of this thread: http://www.glen-l.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9934&p=68182&hilit=scarf#p68182

I think using my method would be whole lot easier especially on thinner sheets.
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Re: West System Scarffer

Postby Lowka53 » Mon May 24, 2010 2:31 pm

there u go a home made jig made from what you have on hand why spend extra unless you collect tools :roll: yes I am guildy as charged when I move to Utah from Ohio I left most of my big tools there. But they still are on my farm safe I hope :lol:
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Re: West System Scarffer

Postby kens » Mon May 24, 2010 2:50 pm

I wish I had bought one, then I could really tell you. I tried many different jigs, setups, etc. I wish I had that thing.
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Re: West System Scarffer

Postby galamb » Tue May 25, 2010 8:09 am

I have one that I got for nothing (wouldn't have paid the asking price up my way - $80) and it does work fairly decently on plywood up to 3/8".

To anyone unfamiliar with the exact product it's just a metal (jig) that you attach to a circular saw to keep the blade at the equivalent of an 8:1 scraf angle (so if you try to scarf cut a 1/2" or thicker panel, the blade on a standard circular saw is not large enough to cut through the full 4" of angle - you can use the scarfer anyhow and finish cutting by hand with a router or plane, but the process is almost more akward than simply using something else in the first place).

You still need to clamp some kind of straight edge to the panel you are cutting to guide the scarfer.

You could easily make one out of a bit of scrap wood which would work every bit as well, and there are lot's of plans out there if you do a web search.

It is kinda heavy and as noted, probably not worth the cost if you are simply scarfing a couple of panels.

But it does work well on 1/4" and 3/8" panels and if you were having a hard time trying to figure how to cut a scarf correctly (some examples of how to jig up a plane are kinda confusing), it does take all the guess work out of the process.
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Re: West System Scarffer

Postby J Patroni » Wed May 26, 2010 7:23 pm

I made tapered rails for a router to slide on. Used teflon runners to
make the skid plate move free and easy. Decided the good old belt sander
did just as good a job and was faster. Sometimes KISS works best.
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