Yesterday I got a little adventurous, threw caution to the wind and instead of buying some tools, I made my own. I first made a cabinet scraper. I had to clean up the metal a little. After I got the metal almost all nice and shiny I had to make an edge on one side. I slapped a file in a vise and slid the scraper along it laying down. You have to make sure that the scraper to the file is 90° so the it creates burrs on both sides. This is how the scraper works. I got some little shavings while ...
The other day I received a private mail from Jeepturner. He had seen a post I had made, and in it I had mentioned that I was on the lookout for a cabinet scraper. A Stanley #80 or something comparable. I had watched ebay and craigslist for one. Jeepturner, in his email, said that he had one kicking around that he had aquired at a yard sale someplace. He asked me if I wanted it, just pay the cost of shipping. Get this. I tried to negotiate a higher price to give him something for it. The mo...
I would guess like most I start with the simple fixes first and would consider all the planes I use regularly to be in good working order but as the numbers grow it gets harder to keep them all sharpened and well tuned. So previous to this I went through what I had and decided which plans I need and use and which ones need new homes. Now with the numbers down I decided to flatten the soles. A process I’ve read about but never found the time, plus if you’re looking at large numbers plan on ...
Now that the construction of the carcass was finished (as far as I can think) it was time to trim off the excess of the face frames (front was already done, and just had to do the back). I trimmed off the back as I got home from work. I used a block plane for that and brought the carcass into the house to continue working on it later at night when I get more time: can still see the burn marks from the TS. Nothing that a good shave/scrape wouldn’t clean right off: Later at ...
Just a quick post today. Carved out handle with rough spots. A little scraper and a little time. A little bit more here. And there we have it, smooth enough to work with. No sandpaper was harmed during the writing of this blog.
Scraper shaves my wayat the end it’s an iron… A iron is what it is all about! So here we are.A scraper has only a value if it can scrape.At the end it’s a iron, a iron attached to a comfortable handle, a tool, the stone age man, the cave man, working, working with the wood, trying to do, to do better, better than last! Why? It’s a call, the call of the caveman who painted those wonderful paintings in colors of the earth on the walls in his cave, now refined from ...
Scraper shaves my waySpin the wheel… Last time we left the scraper shaves in oil!This time we will give them finish and set them up, and then the journey will be at its end… This is my favorite finish tour.From left:Sisal wheel, this helps to clean up and empty for dirt and dust in the cracks and holes, it should actually be used before the oil.Next is compound with a high grid so this added to the wheel gives a finish that is extremely fine, I have two wheels, one for dark ...
Scraper shaves my wayon tour and the oil bath… Part five of the tour, my ohhh I take a long journey here, hope you enjoy the ride!I have decided to do also a scraper types and set up guide after think we need that… Time to bring out the artillery!A hack saw to cut the brass bolts into length. Like so! Then make them sweet and smooth. Here we are.The chisel is the one I used to pare the mouths – sweet yes? It holds an excellent edge, and becomes so easy razor s...
Scraper shaves my wayopen the mouth… Part four of the tour! Even the title sounds scary; do not fear this has nothing to do with dentists! So here we are it really starts to look like tools.And wouuu do I love that! I had a bad surprise again due to my lack of planning…The irons were too wide on the little shaves.But this is not a problem, just a grinding task. So back to the disc sander. Remember to dip all the time, so you do not burn it.(If you burn the steel ...
Scraper shaves my waywhen the going gets tough… Part three of the tour! Even you disturb me Swirt! Yes you! I just got the ‘Motel of the mysteries’ and I love this book! Have you ever wondered how an archeologist figures out what the artifacts he or she discovers are, and how they were used those many centuries ago? David Macaulay has written an explanation that will inform all of us. He imagines that in 4022, a mediocre amateur archeologist fell into a sink hole wh...
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