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Handtool storage. #1: Card Scapers

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Blog entry by Combo Prof posted 08-18-2016 06:38 PM 478 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a fun simple project to store my card scrapers.

  1. The finished project:
  2. First I used a Stanley no. 4 1/2 (and No. 6 not shown) to flatten the pine base:
  3. Now 1/4 inch beads are cut with the Stanley 50 beading plane:
  4. Grooves are cut in between the beads with the tenon saw:
  5. Test fit of the card scrapers (note how the cards alternate from end to end so that you can get your fingers in to garb the one you want):
  6. Added a cherry face and turned a little bench knob:
  7. Knob and face were unnecessary, but I thought it would give it a better look and fit in with the style of the Hand plane shelf:

All very easy to do. But it took me three tries with the beading plane until I got it worked out. The issue is the farther away you are from the fence the more careful you have to be to keep it all level and straight. It also clogs a bit with shavings and you have to fight the urge of going to fast and forgetting to clear the shavings. It is a great pleasure use this plane. I first sharpened the 1/4 bead cutter with a 1/4 inch diameter Arkansas stone round file after first polishing its back on fine and extra fine diamond stones. It was honed with green compound on a 1/4 inch dowel.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)



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Brit

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#1 posted 08-18-2016 07:14 PM

That’s an interesting design Don. The first thing I put on my workshop wall was the card scraper holder. Well actually, it is the only thing on my wall so far (Andy hangs his head in shame). I must admit I don’t really like it though and will probably come up with something else at some point. How have you got on putting a hook on your card scrapers. I tried with a couple of mine with varying results. They produced shavings, but I think they could have been better. That’s another skill I’ve yet to master.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#2 posted 08-18-2016 07:16 PM

Great way to get in some practice with the beading plane, Don! Nice little portable card till. I like the way you tied it in with the cherry face. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 08-18-2016 08:26 PM

Andy I think I am getting a hook. I put in a machine vise. That I temporarily secure to the bench with bench hooks. Joint with a file. Then use the veritas burnisher. Incidentally I don’t understand why this burnisher is so long.
After a bit of mineral oil on the burnisher I hold both ends and push it across the card with as much downward force as I can tipping slowly to one side. I have also tried wacking it the way Paul Seller’s son demonstrates. Most times times I get very good shavings. Other times I guess I was to impatient in the hook making. None the less I really the smoothing results I get with the card scraper. I bought one set from woodcraft and two better sets from TGIAG.

Candy Actually that was the plan. Use the beading plane. And you are welcome for the share.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#4 posted 08-18-2016 08:51 PM

The method I tried was the one demonstrated by Paul Seller’s son (Joseph I think). I’m going to try a different method next time.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#5 posted 08-18-2016 10:45 PM

Solid carbide machinist tooling make great burnishers.
Many machine shops will donate their broken or damaged cutters.
Most machine cutters, when once chipped or otherwise damaged will be replaced.
Remember, machinists do precision work, ergo .002 off of the cutting edge, “pitch it”.
You’ll still have to affix a handle, but it’s cheap.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#6 posted 08-19-2016 07:16 AM

Andy I sharpen the card scraper the way Matthais shows here. Mafe has an interesting idea in his blog on the MaFeBurnisher that I may try.
Do read his whole blog to the end.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#7 posted 08-19-2016 12:22 PM

Nice work Don.

Andy, one mistake I made when pulling a hook on the cars scrapers was i was using much to much pressure. Once I started using one hand and a very light touch, it worked better. I think I was pulling the burr right off.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#8 posted 08-19-2016 01:24 PM

Thanks Don, I’ll bear that in mind. There does seem to be a lot of contradictory advice online about commissioning card scrapers. . I just need a few hours to practice, practice, practice.

There are some tools that I feel I know inside and out (like saws and mortise chisels) and can use with confidence and others (like spokeshaves) that I don’t really feel I’ve mastered yet. I’ll get there though.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#9 posted 08-19-2016 02:37 PM

One thing that has helped me know when I’ve got it right is a 5x loupe from BAUSCH & LOMB. Its for example how I figure out what was wrong with a plane iron. Now I look to check (when I am not sure) if its really sharp or has a hook. They cost about $10 to $15 USD.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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