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West System 875 Scarffer scarfing tool for cutting scarf joints
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Am thinking of buying this jig to do on-site scarfs using a battery powered circular saw. Can anyone recommend a particular brand and model for this?

Asked on 06/04/2016 by Bob Russo

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I bought this to mount on a spare regular saw (not cordless). I found the small base of my saw did not have sufficient surface area to successfully mount the screws for the saw guard. I wonder if you would have the same issue with a battery powered saw since they tend to be light weight.

Answered on 06/06/2016 by JAVIER OCHOA
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I mounted the scarffer on a 7 1/4" craftman circular saw, you need a smooth surface to mount the scarffer and I think you need more power than most battery saw's will give you. I leave it on the saw permanently because it takes time to get it set up.

Answered on 06/05/2016 by KEN MAITLAND

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I'll sell you mine....a hand power plane is the best method...

Answered on 06/04/2016 by GEORGE STARSMEARE

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I just took an old skillz saw from a yard sale and tack welded it on. No fuss just works every time I pick it up no adjustments that come undone in the middle of a cut.

Answered on 06/06/2016 by RICHARD RUSSELL
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can i cut 1/2" wood with it? with a 9" saw?

Asked on 12/03/2013 by john runyon

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sorry john. i haven't used it yet.my project keeps being delayed.

Answered on 12/03/2013 by BRIAN HOLMES
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John, I don•À_??t think using the West System 875 Scraffer mounted on a 9 inch circular saw, to create a scraf on •À_•À__•À_•À___ inch thick plywood, will work. The blade will extend well beyond the scraffer guide and guard making it impossible to cut the scraf and would be extremely dangerous. In the scraffer manual West Systems recommends for scraffing •À_•À__•À_•À___ inch thick plywood cut a two inch scraf and remove the remaining 2 inches with a hand plane. Hopes this helps.

Answered on 12/04/2013 by ROBERT CALKINS

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The info with the scarfer says up to 3/8" is the limit I believe. I have not used it yet though, so I don't know.

Answered on 12/03/2013 by TIM PELTIER

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John, No, 3/8" is about the thickest piece you can effectively cut. I used it for scarfing 9cm plywood to make 16' panels for a stich and glue boat and it worked great.

Answered on 12/03/2013 by Ralph Penton
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Hi. I read that it works on up to 3/8 material but the instructions I have call for some 1/2" ply. Any chance the tool will work on this material?

Asked on 12/12/2011 by Deb Craiger

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Deb, The scarfer (the saw as well) can be modified to make scarf joints on 1/2" or 12MM ply, but you'd be well advised to contact the Gougeon Brothers directly for EXACT instructions for your particular make of saw. The scarfer does an excellent job on 1/4" and 3/8" inch ply as advertised and I would recommend it. As a side note, MAKE SURE YOUR SAW ANGLE IS 7-1/2 DEGREES OR YOU WILL NOT GET AN 8 TO 1 JOINT. Regardless of what your blade angle guide says on your saw, keep tweaking it until you get a 2" joint. My Porter Cable says 9degrees but the joint turns out perfectly cut 8 to 1 joints. The same will apply to 1/2" ply. Good luck. Ralph P. Snohomish, WA

Answered on 12/30/2011 by Ralph Penton
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Sorry, can't help you, have only used it on 6mm ply.

Answered on 01/02/2012 by JEFF COOK

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Deb you can do up to 1/2 per the instruction but since the blade will only cut thru a little over two inches deep at the angle the saw is set up for you have to finish the last bit of the cut with a hand plane.. I have no problem since all the wood I scarff is 1/4 inch..I use to do these joints by hand with a belt sander but this tool is simple and amazing.. I did have to buy a new Skill saw to get a base that was wide enough to drill the 4 holes required to mount the tool but it was worth it..

Answered on 01/16/2012 by TERESA PHILLIPS

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Your pretty much limited to 3/8 for scarfing with one cut. If you are willing to do some hand-work then you can probably make 1/2 inch work. The instructions tell you how to do it, although I haven't tried it yet.

Answered on 12/12/2011 by HANDY SYSTEMS OF VIRGINIA
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I have a Bosch worm drive; will the tool work with this?

Asked on 12/14/2011 by Ralph Penton

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If the scarffer fits the base plate it should work fine. My saw is an old Black and Decker similar to the one saw pictured in the ad.

Answered on 01/12/2012 by JOHN MANN
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The waffle pattern cast into the top of the base plate may give you some problem. You must drill the base plate to attach the scarffer and the grid may get in the way. A flat plate base is much easier to use and you should dedicate a saw to scarf with.

Answered on 01/11/2012 by HANDY SYSTEMS OF VIRGINIA
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does the scarffer require a 71/2" saw in order to use on 3/8 plywood?

Asked on 03/03/2017 by leland from tillamook, or.

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Yes, this will fit your Makita 7 1/4" saw. The scarffer fits most popular brands of saws where the baseplate outside of the blade is 1/2" or larger.

Answered on 03/06/2017 by Anonymous
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Will the scarfer work on 1/8 inch birch skins?

Asked on 10/04/2011 by John Panozzo

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I would say yes John, with the caveat that you have set up and assembled the scarffer onto your saw with care. In addition a thin kirf 60 tooth finish blade will help with the cut.

Answered on 10/21/2011 by HANDY SYSTEMS OF VIRGINIA
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