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