I might have crossed a line today.
I had picked up a Kunz #80 scraper for $7.50 and a Sargent 409 for $12 at an auction a couple of weeks ago. There was a real nice Stanley #5 but it sold for $65 and I do have one of those.
I tried out the scraper yesterday after learning which was the front. Turns out I’m a puller, not a pusher. All it would do is make a tiny pile of sawdust from the left end of the blade.
Figured today would be a good time to learn setting up the #80, so I reviewed Paul Sellers “Myths and Mysteries on Cabinet Scrapers” and also went thru my other saved links to card and cabinet scrapers.
I went ahead and flattened the sole like a plane.
It wasn’t bad at all, just needed polishing up really. Started at 220 grit, then 320 and 400. The blade had an angle of 45* and fit the jig very well.
Started at 180 grit then went thru 220, 320,400 and 600. I was too worried with ruining the angle by filing! I’ll have to make a holding jig.
Then the scary part – burnishing. Six weeks ago , I had no idea what the word meant in relation to a blade and I haven’t found one at auctions or yardsales. All large drill bits I have are pretty scored around the shank. I do have a fairly decent set of forstner bits. And they are smooth, surely they are hard enough, right?
Must be, I ran that booger across the edge half a dozen times and could feel an edge turned over. I don’t know if it was enough, but i put it the kunz and pulled some nice shavings. I somehow thought the shavings should come equally across the blade, but they only come from the center. Looks good.
OK, let’s keep on a roll, and pull out that 409! I had done the sole previously. Also I had taken off the tote and front knob, lightly sanded and put on a couple coats of shellac. And disassembled, cleaned and reassembled the innards already, but had not sharpened the iron.
That was 2 hours of 120, 180, 220,400,600, and then 800 grit! I have never sharpened to such a fine grit before. It looks beautiful!! Like a mirror!
. I do have 2 two-sided sharpening stones
and a seemingly very fine Waushita stone but have no idea about the grit or grade of these. They were in a box of stuff from an auction, and the price was too good to pass up.
And now the line…. I went to set the Sargent down and without thinking, laid it on it’s SIDE! Couldn’t bring myself to put that iron on the workbench. Never even thought about it. And it cuts (is that the right term?) great! It really left this hunk of dried oak firewood SMOOTH.
Ha Ha, I’m hooked and lovin’ every minute!