Scraper shaves my way #6: Spin the wheel...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-09-2011 12:28 PM 8485 reads 8 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Scraper shaves my way
Spin 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 and one for light woods.
Wax bees wax and antique wax, this can also be added at the end, but I like to add a layer at this point, since it sucks into and close all the pores in the wood. The antique is to add darkness and patina.
Then I use a wheel with a polish compound, this makes it shine and give it deepness.
And finally when I want to be really impressed by myself or I need to show off I use what knife makes call the show wax on top, a carnauba wax, it is my experience that it is not a strong wax so I feel also it’s a show wax, but it sure gives pleasure to see how it can make the wood glossy.

So here we are back in business ready for some finish.
But what is this tool roll?

Ok nothing to do with the shaves!
I just had to share with you guys that I got my set of chisels.
English handmade chisels from a old Sheffield family Iles, the design is as traditional as it gets and the blade are set for cabinet making, grinded with a single bevel of thirty degree for paring.
Ohhh I could go on for a long time here, these babies have been on my wish list for three years I simply love them, and now they are here in my little workshop life is amazing. (and that was the end of the tax I was paid back…).

Here the blade compared to a modern Bahco chisel.
The edge so sharp, and the sides so low, these chisels are screaming to be used.

Some of you have been questioning me when I leave the mark from the lathe on my tool handles, and I said I like that they look tools – look what Ashley Iles like! Big smile here, they were made for me.
I can recommend these traditional English chisels to everyone who likes this touch of hand and not machinery, and for cabinetmaking these don’t get better.
Ok I will stop and make another blog or tool review soon.

So back to business scraper shaves waiting for attention.

So first the sisal wheel, cleaning up.

Now while the wheel spins add compound.

Take the shaves apart.

And give them a tour until the wood is smooth.

Look at the difference!

And the same tour for the light wood now with a new wheel but same compound.

As you can see it gets a little darker.

Now I add a thick layer of antique wax and let it suck into the pores.

After I wipe it off with a cloth, and here again you can see a clear change. The wood becomes more graphic I think.

So polish time! New wheel and compound.
This wheel is soft and fluffy.

And spin that wheel !

Look what happens here, this is where we start to wauuu.

But a carnauba wax will wauu more.
So hold the block of wax to the wheel while it spins, and it will melt some wax on to it.

Now run that shave against it, sweet brother, sweet.

Wubbeli wuuuuuuuuuuu….

And the mouth pieces must get the same tour of course.

Time to close the deal.

Here they are the smooth eight.

Shine bay, shine.

Need I say more.


That’s it for now, next time will be the last in this blog, and where I help with the question how on earth do I set up a scraper?

This was the blog where we reached the finish but this doesn’t mean it was the end, hope it could inspire.

Best thoughts,

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

31 comments so far

View Brit's profile


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#1 posted 05-09-2011 12:54 PM

Mmmmm shiny. I had to put my shades on to look at those pictures Mads. I like.

By the way, I spoke to Ashley Iles the other day and he told me you’d ordered a set of bench chisels, so I told him to not to send them out without adding the little dimples on the ends of the handles :-)

Great blog from a great blagger, I mean blogger. LOL

-- - 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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#2 posted 05-09-2011 12:58 PM

I too like to have the lathe marks on the end of my tool handles !
Don’t scrape them off, let them be proud of their origins.

Great set of scrapers anyway, really enjoyed the whole blog posts series.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 01:34 PM

Love the scrapers and the series of blogs on making them has been great. As for the lathe marks on the ends of your chisels, I agree, they are tools so function before appearance. However, on some of mine, I have noticed that the lathe marks can sometimes be a little uncomfortable in the palm of my hand. In those cases, because it is a tool and function before appearance, I will do sme judicious sanding to make them smoother and a bit more comfortable. The same goes for those machine made saw handles you see or any other wooden tool handle. judicious application of a rasp, file and sandpaper can help to make the tool much more comfortable to use and, in my opinion, that is what then makes the tool truly YOURS.

Love the hand tools.


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

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 02:01 PM

Those shaves are gorgeous! Thanks for the tour and instruction on polishing. I have never uses a sisal wheel for that before. Great idea and the final finish is beautiful. Another fine blog, my friend. You should have a TV show and you could have LJ’s on for guests. I’ll bet it would be more popular than theThis Old House show!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-09-2011 02:13 PM

Mads, I too like the turning marks on the butt! On pieces for my personal collection, I leave all marking lines, saw overcuts, and irregularly spaced dovetails. Here’s my little straight scraper. I use it quite often, as I’m sure you will!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 05-09-2011 02:27 PM

Please forward for a closer inspection asap…lol , what a wonderful set of shaver’s thank for the blog very informative…enjoy using …BC

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#7 posted 05-09-2011 03:17 PM

This has been a wonderful little journey. Thanks for sharing. Now at some point I need to work on mine.

Those chisels are beautiful by the way, they look happy to be adopted into a loving home.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 05-09-2011 03:27 PM

Waw shiny goodness! They’re really wonderful, and I’m sure they will be a delight to use!

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

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#9 posted 05-09-2011 03:35 PM

A truly beautiful set of scrapers. Thanks again for this wonderful blog. I look forward to seeing the next step, setup.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 05-09-2011 04:16 PM

They are just beautiful scrapers.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 05-09-2011 05:56 PM

That would be a nice addition to anyones toolbox! Only one problem that I can possibly think of – now I need to do some for myself!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#12 posted 05-09-2011 07:08 PM

Good stuff Mads! Enjoyed tagging along with this blog and even learned me a thing or two. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 05-09-2011 10:25 PM

Mafe my friend, those look fantastic. Thanks for the lesson in finishing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 05-10-2011 12:12 AM

Thank you so much for taking all the time to show this to us.

You have given a lot of awesome information—-and inspiration


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#15 posted 05-10-2011 12:57 AM

I just had the oppetunity to make a very quick visit for a cup of Mads famous cappocino …. lol
and there on the table all those beauty´s was infront of my eye´s
and of course we had a little look into his shop so I cuold see all the other buty´s he has made
the last half year since I was there last :-)before I had to hit the afterburner to catch the ferry back to Ærø

I can tell you his tools not just look nice and beautyfull …... they are nice and beautyfull and have a finish that
you only can feel on a well used wooden tool ….. a smoothness you won´t believe excist
his finish is way over what you can buy anywhere

just turn on the grenlight of envy ….. LOL …. yes I wish we all could have a Mads to make tools
for us tinkering around in the shop

thank´s Mads for another unforgeteble visit at your home :-)

take care

Ps. just wait to see the next toturial you will be surpriced ….. promisse :-)

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