|Project by dustyal||posted 07-17-2009 06:56 PM||6849 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
At our Mason-Dixon workshops we made our own cabinet scrapers. You can read articles about the sharping process and you can watch videos but you learn by actually doing it—and working with others is priceless.
May not be all that exciting at first glance. The fun was in the making. This is my pair… I suspect we’ll get group session coverage of the workshop when someone gets the time. Anyway, the scraper at bottom is my own Stanley 3 X 5 card scraper. It was sitting in my tool box, rusty, and I had know idea as to how to use it or what I should do with it.
I learned to sharpen it at the workshop. It WORKS! Any tool steel will work. The top scraper in the photo is a 6.5 inch cutoff saw blade cut in half. I formed a better scraping edge on it than I did with my Stanley piece. It has a cutting edge on both sides of the stock. Karson brought in the wood handle blanks. We eased the edges and drilled mounting bolt holes. Of course, coming from Karson, it had to be an exotic wood… but I forgot the name… When time permits, I’ll sand a little and tung oil finish.
I have since used both of these tools and they work extremely well. Part of the workshop was trying them out and getting a feel as to what angle to hold to the work piece. Each scraper is a little different. Quiet a pleasure to see the dust form and the wood curl as you scrape a surface smooth.
-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...