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Scraper shaves my way #7: At the end it's a iron...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-10-2011 03:38 AM 4858 reads 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Scraper shaves my way
at the end it’s an iron…

A iron is what it is all about!


So here we are.
A scraper has only a value if it can scrape.
At the end it’s a iron, a iron attached to a comfortable handle, a tool, the stone age man, the cave man, working, working with the wood, trying to do, to do better, better than last! Why? It’s a call, the call of the caveman who painted those wonderful paintings in colors of the earth on the walls in his cave, now refined from the drive of generations man after man.
So how do I make that dam iron shave?


We better start simple, the straight edge.
Grind it at a forty five degree angle, free hand will do.
Here on my wheel, who did invented the wheel…


Or with a file.
Sexy band aid by the way… Yes! Ok, just I tired, reaching for the toothbrush and instead making a full contact with a razor blade… what can I say? I’m human, dam human and a perfect B person.


If another shape you just need to be creative, find something that match the profile.
Here a leg from an old sofa table (call me Mr. recycle).


This is what happens (ok my sketch of it).
1. The straight edge, a piece of steel.
2. Shaping it, 45 degrees here, and this is a good exit point, but not needed on a hand held card scraper since you just adjust the angle (be a child, play use the tools).
3. A hook is created by pushing something harder than the steel against it. No rocket science, just changing the direction by force, by a loving hand that takes the choice of how hard to push, of how big this hook should be.
A big hook is a shave, a close to no hook is a dust maker…
What is important at the end is that you take it step by step.
So what is MaFe saying?
He says that there are no rules, only feelings, so try to feel when it is smooth enough.
Remember to love, to live, woodworking is more than working wood – it’s a choice poetry of the hands.
You getting closer to your potential, you try to reach a higher point.
Zen (what ever this is).


Ok when we have made a good sharp edge all we need is to push us a hook.
So push in the direction of you!
Create a hook simply by pushing an even harder steel against the scarper steel.
This is called a burnisher, the tool I mean.


For a round shape the same.


But also a HSS drill will do the job.


The story ends here!
Ok not quite, since as any magician I have a trick in the sleeve…
But this you will find in the posts soon.

So yes this was the end of this blog, the scarper shave blog – or simply Mads trying to find his caveman, it was a pleasure to me, I was really happy for the journey, it brought me closer to life, to who I am…

I thank you all that followed, and hope it will inspire others to take this travel after me.

Best thoughts,
MaFe

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



23 comments so far

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 03:49 AM

well done Bud

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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HerbC

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 03:50 AM

MaFe,

Once again you lead us down the path, looking for that moment of joyful perfection as a new tool pulls a perfect curl from the beautiful durface of the wood…

Thank you…

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 03:54 AM

Remember, my birthday is this Thursday.You may have to air mail them to get here in time!A great project.Thanks for posting it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-10-2011 04:11 AM

Nice tutorial on making the scraper with a curl. I wondered how they got the edge to roll over. I was just sharpening them on the diamond hone. Thanks for taking the time to show us the process, my friend!!

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

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patron

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 04:42 AM

thank you for letting us know it is safe to leave the cave
it has been getting crowded in here
and so many have never even seen the sun

you are not alone though Og

Bic has been talking about making
a tool to lite fires with
one you can carry around in your loincloth

you guys are surely crazy
but after that guy showed up with the ‘wheel’

i’m not so sure anymore

i need to find more red color
to finish my masterpiece on the cave wall
i will call it ‘mammoth hunting’

after the opening
i will have time to come and help you
and see what you are talking about
this making tool thing

-- 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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Sodabowski

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#6 posted 05-10-2011 01:09 PM

Ah come on dude, show us some shavings made with these babies!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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RGtools

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#7 posted 05-10-2011 03:01 PM

“Closer to life, closer to who I am…”

Thanks for that. Sometimes we forget what we are truly making is ourselves.

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

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DaddyZ

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#8 posted 05-10-2011 05:25 PM

Wow, Just followed this blog, I may have to try this !!!

So Cool, Jaw on floor.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#9 posted 05-10-2011 10:15 PM

Nice Mads. We get so used to turning to power tools that we forget the basics. A well tuned and burnished scraper can do a lot of good work quickly and better than sanding.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 05-10-2011 10:20 PM

A quality burnisher is something I’ve never treated myself to, reaching instead for a lowly Phillips. Looking at your tools brings a giant smile to my face. I see the warm hues, the curves begging to be touched, and the personality soaked into the tool. Whenever I need a pick-me-up at work, I’ll scroll through any of your projects. Thank you, Mads!

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

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mafe

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#11 posted 05-11-2011 10:12 AM

Heloooo,
Al, I love your sentence ‘personality soaked into the tool’. Happy that I can give you a kick at work. Big smile.
Ken, not just more quick than sanding, but with a more beautiful result.
DaddyZ, do make some. Someone pick up that jaw!
RG, yes we tend to forget, tend to pretend, when all we were supposed to was be.
Thomas, I will show some shaves as soon as possible, right now I’m ‘out of order’.

This picture is from the blog.
David, you got to be joking me! Something to make fire and light? This will never happen, that is only Gods that can do that – I suppose you are going to tell me soon that one day they will make a bird where a man can sit inside. You need to see our clever woman, I think you have dropped a few stones.
Jim, so happy you could learn something here, I have pictures ready for a scraper set up blog that I will make soon.
gfadvm, I smile. If you go out side and face the wind, then you will feel my airmail.
Herb, it sounds almost religious, but in a way it is, wood working I mean.
Dan, ;-)
Thank you guys for the comments and the always so kind words,
Mads

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

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 05-11-2011 01:46 PM

don’t you find it interesting that you are talking about making a shaving tool and you cut your finger on another type of shaving tool?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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patron

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#13 posted 05-11-2011 02:31 PM

You need to see our clever woman, I think you have dropped a few stones.
.
what a clever idea mads
not stones though
i did drop my drawers
in anticipation

-- 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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mafe

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#14 posted 05-11-2011 04:59 PM

Debbie, I think you are the clever woman here! Yes that is ironic, that I work on a shaver and cut me on one also, the circles of life.
David, I laugh! But if this is all your kitchen supplies I cry! Even that is a really sexy baby blue spoon you got there.
Big smile,
Mads

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

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patron

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#15 posted 05-11-2011 05:18 PM

hardly mads

i got 17 drawers total

that is an ice cream scoop
given to me at a kiddie
birthday party

-- 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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