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Blog entry by Seeharlez posted 04-11-2010 02:16 AM 964 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the process of making a picture frame for a very special picture (Personally autographed photo of Trevor Linden’s last step of the ice in his last game and me and my buddy in the background – for the hockey fans out there) and the main profile is a 3” x 1/4” cove I cut on my table saw (this is a first for me) using a combination blade. While the surface came out ok, the first piece required a lot of sanding the get rid of the teeth marks. So before starting the second side of the frame I went and bought the curved scraper set from Lee Valley ($14.50CAD for a set of 3 different shapes). I can’t believe how much time it saved me and the super fine little shavings that it produced! It does not require a tremendous amount of skill either, just a little practice and due care and attention. WARNING!!! I quickly found that the scraper can get very hot near the cutting edge and if your fingers are too close you will burn them! I also bought a straight edge scraper and it really does leave a very smooth finish when used properly.

The salesmen at LV made a comment about how using scrapers seemed to have a bit of an ‘old school’ stigma, which I thought was odd considering how useful they are, so I just wanted to share that little story for those of you out there that find you spend way too much time sanding – you should give scrapers a try! Another bonus is they don’t produce dust that you will inhale, like sanding does.

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 03:04 AM

I can tell you that I know a lot of people using card scrapers and they cover the full spectrum from old schoolers to new schoolers. It is just a tool that works and works amazingly well.

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

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canadianchips

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 03:04 AM

The kids are paying attention. I mean that as a compliment.
What I need to learn how to do is put the proper edge on mine. To cheap to purchase the right burnishing tool.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Marc5

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 03:20 AM

I am using card scrapers more and more. Can’t beat’em for gnarly wood.

-- Marc

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swirt

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#4 posted 04-11-2010 04:34 AM

canadianchips, if you have a carbide router bit, you can make an easy jig to use one (won’t ruin it for router use either) that makes it a consistent and easy process to put the proper edge on a scraper. (see the link)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Seeharlez

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#5 posted 04-11-2010 05:32 AM

I was able to put a decent edge using a good screwdriver handle. Make sure it is good quality, smooth and a hard steel.

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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canadianchips

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#6 posted 04-12-2010 02:32 AM

Special thanks to swirt. That site is good.
Those jigs are so simple , now I am upset with myself for not thinking of it !
(Oh well, this brain can’t come up with everything)

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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swirt

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#7 posted 04-12-2010 02:43 AM

I can’t take credit for the ideas … just put them all in one spot ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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