Scraper shaves my way
when 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 while he was running behind in the 116th Cross-Continental North American Catastrophe Marathon. (The country of Usa with its people called Yanks had long since disappeared). Howard Carson realized that he had landed in front of a North American burial site. He knew it was tomb because of the sacred seal, which he had read about in a recent article of National Geographic. The seal was obviously placed on the door to protect the tomb and read “Do Not Disturb.” Howard and his companion Harriet were beside themselves with excitement; they assembled a team and began digging. Over the following years many volunteers came to help excavate the Motel of the Mysteries. After the Great Sign was discovered the site became a showplace and pilgrims would come to see the lighting and listen to the music and read “Toot’n’C’mon Motel- Salesmen Welcome- Remote TV”.
So here they are the little once now with the mouth cut.
Time to cut some wood for the mouth.
I choose light color as contrast.
Think it is white oak, it smells a little pee when cut (why do I love wood).
Adjust the thickness so it fits the mouth minus the blade thickness.
Then cut them in length.
And I also needed to adjust the height since mine are all different…
Another family photo.
Here you can get an impression of the size of the small once.
Finding the right spot for the brass screws.
(Actually I placed them too much to the side… That was really human!).
Marking for the mouth to be cut.
Make sure it gets a good grip on the blade to avoid chatter.
I used force to get the mouth piece out of the shave, and it broke!!!
No reason to cry!
I choose to fix it.
Epoxy my friend!
Pre drill a hole and add a brass screw.
I promise you it will never break at this spot again, this is stronger than before.
Screw it up – and screw it in!
Cut the head of, not your own if you make the same mistake as I did…
Now just a sexy twist.
Back to the project.
Marking up the throat with a cutting gauge.
Find the right bits…
Yes I do have nice order in this.
Drilling with counter sink so the screws will be level with the surface after.
First test mount!
But out of focus on the camera…
The beasty bunch!
Last stop for today, see you soon.
_I hope this could inspire others to make their own scraper shaves, even I did …. up I still like this project.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.