Scraper shaves my way #3: When the going gets tough

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-06-2011 06:27 PM 7348 reads 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

Big boys!

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!
Looking good.

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.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 06:46 PM

you sure know how to teach

quit a gift my friend

we all thank you

and the wife’s will too
as soon as they get
all the new things we make for them

with these new wonderful tools
you bring to us

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 07:04 PM


You do some good work, my friend. I still think you should think about doing some videos. I think they would be very well received.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 07:16 PM

You must have really drawn me into this great blog Mads, because when I scrolled down and saw the broken arm I actually said out loud, ”Oh noooooooo!!!!
My wife said ”What’s wrong?
I said ”The arm’s broken off
What arm” she said
The arm on Mads scraper shave” I cried scrolling down.
What’s a scraper shave?” she said,
Never mind” I said ”He’s fixed it

Good save Mads.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 07:25 PM

David, I’m not sure my wife will thank Mads once she’d seen that I’d cut the legs off the dining table to make some scraper shaves :-) Personally, I quite like eating Japanese style. Of course then the chairs would also be redundant, so I’d get more wood for projects. Its all good.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 07:44 PM

LOL Glad you are enjoying the book my friend. It is pretty comical but it comes to mind every time we speculate about some tool or possible method from our past.

Amazing work on those shaves.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 05-06-2011 08:34 PM

Awesome blog!!!!



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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 05-06-2011 08:38 PM

A great set Mads, sure beats the old 80?

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 05-06-2011 09:19 PM

I think you should put a screw in the other side of the repaired shave, I’m all about the symmetry. Plus it will be a puzzle to those who look/use these later … hmmm, I wonder what’s up with these two brass pins?

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#9 posted 05-06-2011 10:25 PM

very cool.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 05-06-2011 10:32 PM

I am with Brit. I was ready and looking until I saw the broken one. I then said something bad…

thanks Mads!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 05-07-2011 12:16 AM

You may want to incorporated the accidents into a reinforcement element in to the final design, just a thought. Great blog Mafe , have a wonderful weekend…Blkcherry

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#12 posted 05-07-2011 05:11 AM

You have a real nack of scraping various things together to come up with your ideas.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#13 posted 05-07-2011 10:44 AM

They’re slowly but thoroughly taking shape :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#14 posted 05-07-2011 05:42 PM

Mads don’t look now but they are breeding!! Every time you turn out the light in your shop & turn it back on there are more :))

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#15 posted 05-07-2011 09:57 PM

Wow, and I have been thinking about making just one of these for several years Mads! They look real arty, but you forgot (or maybe not) to show us how well they work. I’m not being skeptical here, I just love to see those shavings. You are filling up my favorites section Mads, and that’s a good thing! On, and thanks to you and Swirt for the archeology bit. It pretty much coincides with my take on some archeological interpretations.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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