|Project by rwyoung||posted 05-10-2010 12:17 AM||6936 views||24 times favorited||15 comments|
Decided to fool with making a beading profile scraper. Simple tool, just two L-shaped blocks held tightly together with a small chamfer near the inside corner for dust relief. I used some scrap white oak and 1/4-20 bolts I had lying about. Makes it look industrial but I found it wasn’t uncomfortable in my hands.
I’ve seen others were they didn’t use beefy enough stock for the body and it split under pressure during the scraping. Not as likely to happen with this monster. About 7” long, 2-1/2” wide and each piece is just over 3/4” thick.
The two test blades I made, 1/4” bead and 1/4” flute, are card scraper stock. Just snap off a bit of stock, true up the edges and start filing a profile. Easy way to get the beads to a consistent shape is to paint the card stock with some Dyechem then use a small circle template and a scribe to mark the profile. Attack with files, then stone the two faces to smooth.
To use, just make a LOT of light passes in the wood with the scraper profile pinched in the L-shaped pieces.
Simple and quick way to make small profiles on workpieces. You can file a profile in a scraper that may not be possible to make with a router. Likewise, by clamping stop blocks to the workpiece, the scraper can start and stop the profile cleanly, unlike the rounded entry and exit points you would get with a spinning router bit.
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