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Getting back to the basics. Working with hand tools #2: Card scraper holder

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Blog entry by Julian posted 03-24-2009 at 07:42 PM 4180 reads 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s a quick and dirty card scraper holder I built out of maple. I burnt the hell out of my thumbs a few weeks ago after a long session with the scraper, so I felt the need to make one of these. I used a small diameter knob I had lying around to adjust the curve of the scraper. This scraper holder works great. I just wish I would have built ti BEFORE I got the giant blisters on my thumbs!


-- Julian, Park Forest, IL



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Moron

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#1 posted 03-24-2009 at 07:44 PM

if you do it enough

you dont get blisters

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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lew

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#2 posted 03-24-2009 at 09:17 PM

This is COOL!

I may have to borrow this idea!

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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woodworm

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#3 posted 03-24-2009 at 10:00 PM

A nice project to make now or never. I’d rather copy it than poorer by $39.50 to buy veritas one.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 03-24-2009 at 10:10 PM

heeeey, manly woodworkers have burnt fingertips! and sores thumbs…. put that thing down mister… ;o)

nicely done! gotta be easier scraping this way huh? (although personally – I do find it more gratifying bending the scraper with my fingers, it also helps you get a better feel for it’s cut on the wood)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 03-24-2009 at 10:51 PM

I agree with PurpLev on getting a feel for the cut.

In my card scraper video talked about slightly moving the focus of the cutting edge in thirds; middle, right, left and flipping the card. This continually moves the focused cutting edge and keeps the heat to a minimum.

I made a holder similar to yours and I bought one as well. But I got tired of taking it out of the holder to flip it or change cutting sides. I figured out this method of changing the focal point of the cutting area to keep it cooler during operation. It does not allow heat to continually build up in the same area of the card.

I never burn my fingers any more.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 03-24-2009 at 10:56 PM

I was looking at your holder again and I have to say that it looks like you achieved the optimum camber for the blade.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Julian

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#7 posted 03-24-2009 at 11:22 PM

Thanks for the compliments, and criticism. The camber is only 3/32, which seemed about the same as when I use it without the holder. At first I just used the bolt to set the camber, but there wasn’t enough backing near the tip, so I added the small backing piece. It really makes all the difference, and allows you to use the whole edge instead of just focusing on the middle.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#8 posted 05-07-2009 at 10:22 AM

I’m both a wimp and a musician (Guitar, Bass, Keys) so I have to spare my hands the pain. I had a short session last night with a card scraper and the entirety of both hands felt like they were cast in concrete…TALK ABOUT STIFF…OUCH!!

I vowed that I’d look up “scraper holder” on LJ the next day (today) and this was at the top of the list. Thanks so much Julian…I’m heading to the shop right now!!!

Send me a PM with your email address, and I’ll let you hear a sample of the latest song my friends and I came up with in the studio. My fingers (and ears) thank you!!

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#9 posted 05-07-2009 at 10:27 AM

Well done , Keep Cool

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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