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Blog entry by A Slice of Wood Workshop posted 08-13-2013 11:21 AM 1739 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

THROW YOUR SANDPAPER AWAY!!! Ok, so don’t throw your sandpaper away, but cut down on the amount of dust in your shop by making this quick and easy tool. A card scraper is also very useful when working around knots in wood. In this video I show you how to take an old, out of service saw blade and turn it into something useful again. Thanks for viewing, comments welcome, and as always, please subscribe to my Youtube Channel.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood



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#1 posted 08-13-2013 01:41 PM

Good idea, thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 03:36 PM

Hmmm, I have an old blade or two that I can destroy and try this. Looks interesting, thanks for posting

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 09:40 PM

Nice idea, I never thought of recycling blades for that purpose.

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 01:25 AM

Sorry but I think a saw blade is far too stiff for a scraper. I would encourage you to oil stone after filing and treat the edge like any other blade before raising the burr.
Thinner steel allows you to flex the blade so you don’t have to push the whole blade over the work. :)

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#5 posted 08-15-2013 02:56 AM

great video….never thought to use a screw driver to turn the burr!

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#6 posted 08-15-2013 01:52 PM

Thanks for viewing everyone. @andyboy- I’ve found over the past couple days that as long as you have a nice burr on the edge, it isnt hard at all to scrape the lumber.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#7 posted 08-15-2013 03:47 PM

I agree with Andy. I like my scrapers to flex as I push forward. They sell scrapers in different metal thicknesses and they are very inexpensive. I’m not sure I see that this is worth the effort or will provide an adequate scraper.

Excellent effort though! :)

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#8 posted 08-15-2013 03:50 PM

...and a set of scrapers once purchased will probably last you a lifetime. :)

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#9 posted 08-15-2013 06:14 PM

Although I agree that purchased scrapers are mare convenient, I like the recycling aspect. As far as the amount of effort being wasted due to the price of factory-made scrapers – there is something to be said for self-sufficiency and the satisfaction of having made your own set. After all, aren’t we all the “do-it-yourself” types?? Good job; use them in good health and with pride.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I must be a frickin genius...

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#10 posted 08-15-2013 11:02 PM

Try using an old hand saw blade. They are made of good steel and thin enough to flex as you are scraping.

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#11 posted 08-16-2013 01:26 AM

What is the purpose of the flexing in a card scraper?

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#12 posted 08-16-2013 01:52 AM

@Tim – As Andy wrote above, when you flex the scraper, you are not dragging the entire scraper along the board. You can focus your scraping in a smaller section of the scraper. And I have found that as the burr wears in the middle of the scraper, I can flex in a different section of the scraper and use more of the available burr.

This recent video of mine shows the effect of flexing a scraper and creating really nice curls of cherry. When my scrapers are freshly sharpened they cut like a hand plane. :)

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