The Stumpy Nubs Workshop #21: I got a new jig in a card game!

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Blog entry by StumpyNubs posted 05-14-2012 01:12 AM 3063 reads 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sharpening card scrapers was never so easy, or so much fun…

This week is all about card scrapers: how to sharpen them, how to use them, we make a rack to store them and a jig to burnish them. Along the way we do some fooling around and talk about Roy Underhill’s mustache!

There are two projects in this episode, a tool review and a detailed demonstration of cabinet scraping goodness.

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 01:36 AM

thanks jim

this is the first one i’ve been able to watch

good show
great ideas on the scraper

look forward to the next one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 01:39 AM

stumpy another great video ,love the card scrapper jig as its the card scrapper is one of the only tools im good with ,this is on my list .i have the same burnisher .and they work the handle make it easier to use to me but as always i buy something and it goes on sale.i like the jig especial the different angle for the burnisher . nice shirt too but i liked the old one:) be looking to order this plan soon .Great show have a cold one my friend you earn it.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 01:57 AM

Stumpy the master techniques are great. I do love the burnishing jig. Well done. The changes are an improvement. You are getting better every time. Keep them coming my friend. My entry will come this week. Thanks again for the entertainment.
Truth be told my scrappers are sitting stacked up against each other in a drawer.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 02:01 AM


Hi, another great video and topic, thanks for all your good work.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 02:10 AM

Tried a scrapper several years ago and was not impressed with the results. Something tells me now that it didn’t have a proper edge. Gonna have to either give it another try or continue to blow sawdust out of my nose…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 02:11 AM

Hi Nubby Jim,

Yes, this new episode is excellent as usual, and I really appreciate the practical, useful, advice about using scrapers. I discovered them myself a few years ago, and I really like using them for the reasons you mentioned. Your tutorial and jig will make them MUCH easier to use and maintain. I will think of you often when I sharpen them. You seem to have a new video style in this episode though, and although I miss the rocking chair, I did enjoy the costume changes. It is a mystery to me how you get any work done at all, since you always seem to be having so much fun!

Have a nice day,

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 02:38 AM

Great show as always! The one stop scraper shop with the storage, built in file and multiple burnishing angles is nothing short of brilliant. I remember an earlier episode where you obsessed over shop organization. At the time I felt you were kind of splitting hairs. But the more equipment I acquire, I understand that more and more. Keeping all the odds and ends in a place that makes sense is getting tough!

Good instruction on scraper use. I’m becoming a hand tool aficionado pretty quick. And less sandpaper and the attendant dust sounds really great. Guess I need to add scrapers and a burnisher to my “pay a little bit at a time, in cash, so the wife doesn’t suddenly notice a new batch of tools all at once” list.

Oh, and that drill press table looks sick! You really don’t do anything halfway, huh?

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#8 posted 05-14-2012 05:07 AM

I have a couple of card scrapers sitting in my shop for years but never used them because I didn’t know how to sharpen them. Thanks!

hmmm… $16 for a burnisher. I bet I have at least one screwdriver that will work. ;-)

-- There are three types of people in this world... those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 05:47 AM

TedW thats what i used for a while and they will work and still use but not as often but i was haveing a hard time getting shaving off the thin scrappers and thats the one i use a lot but got this crown burnisher and made a lot of difference on the shavings most of the time now i dont even need to sand where as before it was smooth but after the crown burnishing it was a gloss to it it was so smooth .

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 05-14-2012 11:12 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments!

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#11 posted 05-14-2012 12:35 PM

Hey Stumples, thanks for the video.
I too own several scrapers and a burnisher. Still don’t use them much. Guess I need to grow up someday.

Keep ‘em coming,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 05-14-2012 01:02 PM

Great video Stumps.
If i get the chance to get some card scrapers, I will definately give them a try.
Also, since noone else pointed it out, I noticed the shorts and lack of your usual style shirt.
Shorts, oh the horror.

I can’t wait to see the drill press table.
I didn’t think I needed a new drill press table, but after see a preview of it, I may have to rethink that one.


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#13 posted 05-14-2012 01:33 PM

Gr8 video packed with info, and how-to, as always, Stumps. You are the man. Expert tech and techniques, and neat jig/s and storage for those scrapers. I like that everything you need for scraping is right at your fingertips. I too cannot wait to see the dp table and what it is capable of doing. OH, when is the deadline for the the jig contest? Thnx in advance

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#14 posted 05-14-2012 02:32 PM

Deadline is June 1st. Here's more details.

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#15 posted 05-15-2012 01:29 AM

Talk about woodworkers being cheap, I didn’t have the money to buy a scraper and a burnisher so I made them. The card scraper is part of an old backsaw blade and the burnisher consists of a scrap piece of walnut, a HSS drill blank (from my former machinist days), and a brass plumbing fitting. The only thing I bought was the plumbing part ($1.79). Check it out;

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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