Cure For Arthritis?

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Project by shipwright posted 03-09-2015 04:24 AM 4713 views 26 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been too hard on my thumbs for too long and now using a card scraper is a literal pain. The answer, I’m hoping, at least partly lies in this new scraper plane that I made today from the design in Charles Hayward’s vintage book, “How to Make Woodwork Tools”.

I know it won’t do everything a that I can do with a card scraper but I’m sure it will be a help.

It is made from a chunk of a pepper tree that we removed from our yard a couple of years ago. The wood is very hard and tapped very well for the clamp screws and the adjusting screw. Glueing is with HHG and the blade is from Hock Tools.

Ergonomically, it is a joy to work with but I need to refine my burr turning skills for this beveled edge blade. It seems to be more finicky than the square edge of the card.

There is a blog with LOTS of pictures here.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 04:31 AM

Paul, you’ve set the bar yourself. Where’s the Logo?

VERY nice workmanship btw.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 04:56 AM


Nice recap… especially that How To Book!
Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 07:15 AM

Nice scraper and also nice blog. It came in fragments ;) . There will be several who will make this handy tool.


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#4 posted 03-09-2015 08:30 AM

Paul. It sucks to hurt, hope this works out for you. Nicely done sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 10:19 AM

It’s crappy to get old..i’ve had to make large handles for almost all my helps and keeps you in the game longer. Nice scraper & hope it helps.

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 10:25 AM

I hear you with the arthritis thing. My thumbs hurt like hell when I do some things. I tried to look at the blogs, but in both cases I got a page not available notice. Nice work Paul as always.

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

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#7 posted 03-09-2015 12:05 PM

I really like it. Somebody should design tools for us older folks with arthritis in our hands and arms.

My highest compliment is that I need to make one for myself…..and that is what I will do.

I use the Lee Valley variable burnished on my scrapers.

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#8 posted 03-09-2015 12:21 PM

Really nice Paul. For use on marquetry panels?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#9 posted 03-09-2015 12:33 PM

Making ones own tools is purely satisfying, nice job

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#10 posted 03-09-2015 01:33 PM

This will serve you well Paul. Instead of filing I just ground mine on the bench grinder with my tool support set at 45deg., polished it on my 1200 grit diamond stone and then turned the burr. That was before I got my Tormek so I will be using that next time I grind if and when that becomes necessary again.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-09-2015 02:09 PM

i want one paul….with the problems i have with my arms and hands, this would be the ticket…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 03-09-2015 02:20 PM

That is a sweet tool for your shop, Paul. I hope that it will help you with your pain.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 03-09-2015 03:38 PM

Nicely done! I like that a lot. I might copy this for the plane swap. Will you be joining us??

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#14 posted 03-09-2015 03:49 PM

Already in Kelvin.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#15 posted 03-09-2015 03:54 PM

Thanks folks.

Rance, OK I’ll add a logo. Watch for a picture.

Jim, yes, I hope to use it for scraping marquetry panels. That’s one place that it will be a big improvement for my fingers.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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