Scraper shaves my way
making a bunch of scraper shaves
Lately I have been making quite a few new handles for old hammers and axes, and the finish has been made with a card scraper.
This tool, the scraper starts to show its face to me more and more – when a large burr it can produce shavings, and with a fine burr it can make dust. But most of all it brings a finish that you can never get with sandpaper, it brings out the life of the wood.
So when I lately saw several people here on LJ making scraper shaves from an article in a magazine called ShopNotes I had to try this and this is where my journey begins few days ago, and I’m still on the go. (ShopNotes No112 July-August 2010).
Karsons go on it was the drop that made me think I can do this http://lumberjocks.com/projects/43977#comment-971231 so thank you Karson.
I read the article and went to the workshop full of inspiration and started on the project, following no plan, no measures and no idea of anything but the goal!
This might not be the cleverest way to approach this, but I’m on a journey of learning and here I did learn some lessons.
First step was to find some wood.
So an old table leg was chosen, made of beautiful mahogany, perhaps a little soft for the purpose, but they might end up beautiful this way, and I will give them a harder throat then. The wood I choose for the throat was really hard, I think it is a white Oak since it smells a little pee when cut.
You can see I put up several options for the throats, but I like the idea of white with the mahogany.
A bunch of brass bolts knobs from my favorite store in Paris (BHV).
I have bought two sizes, then we will see.
Cutting up the table leg to make it in to useable wood.
Planning it one side.
Then this side is used against the fence to cut it in even thickness.
Now I draw a straight curve on one side .
And decide to let me inspire by the old English spoke shaves for the shape.
Only I want to reverse the shape to give a good strong grip, and then play with the shaping as I go along
Four pieces ready.
Cutting that straight curve on one side.
On my computer I have made some patterns that fit my taste, these are printed and I tape them on the wood.
Here is a link for my patterns in PDF format.
Then cut after the pattern.
Why do I get so much burn there?
Four of them – this is going to be fun.
Now I tape the front pattern to them.
Here we are.
Time for a good espresso and some tobacco.
While I drink this I decide I will make four more, but these in 60 percent scale… Don’t drink coffee.
So I find a piece of a garden parasol I saved from trash, some fine dark hardwood.
More scrapers coming up!
Better way to tape.
Four small scrapers body ready.
The family portrait.
This is where we stop for now, with this wonderful family portrait leaving us with plenty of imagination.
I hope this could inspire others to make their own scraper shaves, I’m having a wonderful time here,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.