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Shopmade Luthier Tools #30: Scraper, well sort of

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-08-2018 01:15 PM 479 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 29: Brass bridge templates and bevel gauge Part 30 of Shopmade Luthier Tools series Part 31: Brass F-hole cleat clamps »

I wanted a set of small scrapers on the cheap, so I made a set out of a dollar store saw blade. The quality probably isn’t like the ones made from real tool steel, but they do work. I’ve adjusted the shape of these since making them to reach certain areas of instruments.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 02-08-2018 01:22 PM

Smart, making tools needed for a specific task is what the masters do, or did many years ago. But, they didn’t have dollar stores, and as luck woukd have it, we do.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 02-08-2018 01:27 PM

Now that’s thinking outside the box! Transform one tool into another! Nicely done Dave!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-08-2018 01:45 PM



Smart, making tools needed for a specific task is what the masters do, or did many years ago. But, they didn t have dollar stores, and as luck woukd have it, we do.

- Oldtool

Actually, from what I see on Instagram, luthiers seem to make a lot of their own knives. They buy the blades and handle them. That’s one thing I’ll do when I replace my planer blades.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 02-08-2018 01:54 PM

Putting handles on blades is fun. I save scraps of pretty wood just for that.

And good work with your shop-made scrapers. As long as you can turn a burr on them, the steel is “good enough.”

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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