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Project by Houtje posted 10-15-2010 01:04 PM 3490 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a scraper.
And I had an old Backsaw.

1. Cut of the teeth.
2. Cut it in shape.
3. Giving it a burr.
4. And start scrapping a piece of Missanda (tali) wood.
5. Look at all that nice angelhair.
6. Before and after the scraping.

Hope I give you a cheap idea.


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#1 posted 10-15-2010 01:20 PM

Thank you my friend.
Yes this is a exelent way to get cheap scrapers.
Now you just need to make in convex and concave, and then small and big… Smile!
How did you cut it in shape?
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 01:25 PM

Old saw blades are a great source for material for DIY card scrapers. Good job on this one. As Mads has stated, now make a bunch of them in different shapes and sizes. I am always looking at flea markets for old saws just for this purpose. One other use of an old saw blade is to use it to make a thin parting tool for use on the lathe and you can fabricate blades for marking knives from them as well. Just a couple of ideas.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 01:29 PM

Mads, i have a guillotine shears on school.
Yep I did make small and big scrapers. There was enough sawblade left.


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#4 posted 10-15-2010 01:33 PM

Thanks for your tips!
I also look on flea markets for old tools and see if I can use them for something else.


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#5 posted 10-15-2010 01:34 PM

cheap? maybe.
creative & resourceful? definitely.

-- Kate,

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Rob W

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#6 posted 10-15-2010 02:44 PM

Good idea. I made one out of a drywall knife.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#7 posted 10-15-2010 03:27 PM

Good steel is all over the place. In addition to making scrapers here’s a couple of books that will give you some ideas about making all sorts of tools.

Alexander Weygers’ The Making of Tools

Alexander Weygers’ The Complete Modern Blacksmith

Alexander Weygers was a remarkable man and shows you how to make all sorts of tools in a budget metworking shop.

Alexander Weygers was an artist and made most of his own tools and worked in wood and stone.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 10-15-2010 04:19 PM


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#9 posted 10-15-2010 05:56 PM

thank´s for sharing :-)

here is a cupple more books if you are interresstead in them

Tool-making Projects for Joinery and Woodworking
author Steve A. Olesin
there is no real blacksmithing in it but is a good book

Make your own woodworking tools
Author Mike Burton

Making and Modifying Woodworkin Tools
Author Jim Kingshott

the last two has a lot iron work in them
hope it cuold help you

take care

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#10 posted 10-15-2010 06:05 PM

Also you thanks…

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#11 posted 10-16-2010 12:06 AM

Cheap scraper and very effective, I did that too with a rusty old backsaw. You can also cut strips of the blade with the teeth, bend them at the tip and attach them to a handle to make plaster carving tools (I made a few of such for my father two years ago and they worked better than his commercial tools).
That’s what I love most about this site, sharing cheap but effective ideas :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#12 posted 10-16-2010 07:06 AM


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#13 posted 10-18-2010 09:02 PM

Very cool, Been wanting to try this myself for awhile now..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 10-18-2010 09:40 PM

What a cool idea. Never would have thought of it.

And—whether it was your intention or not—a very simple way to recycle :-)

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 11-17-2010 06:38 AM

I was just given three old rusty hand saws with broken totes. Now I know what to do with them. Thanks for the ideas.

Now all I need to know is what sizes to cut for the rough out size.

Any suggestions?

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