Card scrapers #3: Card scrapers from sawblade - make your own

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-01-2016 11:43 PM 2201 reads 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Card scrapers from sawblade
make your own

Sometimes we need sizes that you cant buy, like here when I was making some spoons.
Also this is a chance to recycle an old saw blade and most of all to make some tools. ;-)

I had this saw blade in a scrap box for quite some time, not the ideal blade since the steel are quite hard, so an old saw would be better, the type of saw you can hand sharpen, but this did fine and was quite thin so it gives a good flex on the small scrapers.

First step was to draw the patterns for the scrapers wanted.
Here I copy two I have and make up the extra small type I need now, went for two sizes in one.
These will all go in my carving tools bag.

Roughly cut them out with a Dremmel tool.

Then shape them on a disc sander, a grinder will be fine also.
Just keep them cool so the tempering don’t get destroyed.

I sand the surface and then give them a bur so they cut instead of scrape.

They have all been in use now and they works just perfect, I especially love the little detail version.

Hope this post can inspire to make some scrapers when needed.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 03-01-2016 11:57 PM

They’ll come in very useful Mads.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#2 posted 03-02-2016 12:07 AM

Thanks for the idea, Mads!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-02-2016 01:00 AM

See Mads blog about making card scrapers from a saw plate.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#4 posted 03-02-2016 01:01 AM

Oh crap, posted that on the wrong thread. Sorry LOL.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#5 posted 03-02-2016 01:10 AM

A plasma cutter would be nice to do this.
Back home I used to ask for a broken blade in the saw mill.
I got them for free and one blade was enough for lifetime of scrapers!
In France, saw mills use band saw type blades not like in the US where some use huge circular saw blades.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 03-02-2016 03:20 AM

Something handy that may be of use. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 03-02-2016 03:42 AM

This is one idea I’ll keep in mind. Thanks for sharing Mads.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#8 posted 03-02-2016 10:27 AM

Cool project. That dremel is really earning it’s keep.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#9 posted 03-02-2016 11:21 AM

Great conversion from a hand saw plate to scrapers, Mads. I’ve heard of this to make card scrapers, never thought about custom. That’s why you are here, to makes us (me) think! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 03-02-2016 01:27 PM

Mads, now you need to show us how you sharpen these small scrapers.
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 03-02-2016 01:49 PM

Very cool and I think I may have some thin hard steel in my scrap pile, now I know what to do with it. I too would like to see how you sharpen these.

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#12 posted 03-02-2016 04:28 PM

I have made heavy rectangular scrapers out of old saw blades for my school. We did not have any card scrapers but did have old dull abused saw blades. They seem to hold their edge for longer than my commercially purchased ones I have at home. Necessity is the mother of invention.

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#13 posted 03-02-2016 04:53 PM

Mads, another great idea from you. Just so happens that I have way to many rectangular scrapers and need some odd shapes for spoons. No I know how to get the shapes needed. Thanks!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#14 posted 03-09-2016 11:12 AM

That’s a lot of work, but, you can customize what you want. Good ones, Mads.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 03-27-2016 03:12 PM

Excellent idea Mads. I have a gooseneck scraper which can be held at different angles to achieve a lot of different small or larger rounded scraping edges. I couldn’t find one to buy here, so I shaped it from a Sandvik rectangular scraper, but I can see that the saw blade would work just as well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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