Scraper Shave.

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Project by Karson posted 02-06-2011 10:52 PM 5461 views 20 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from ShopNotes 112.

Our Mason Dixon Woodworkers had two workshops on the making of these Scraper Shaves. Our workshops were held on Feb 4 and another one on Feb 5, 2011. Since a good many of the members of our club are retired (You know 6 Sat, and 1 Sunday a week) We decided to hold two complete workshops. One of Friday and 1 on Sat. We had about 25 different people attend.

It was the best attended workshop that we’ve held. The shop had around 14 people each day and it was starting to get crowded, but, it was well received and everyone had fun.

The wood for the handles was cut by Ed Nock and the blades were cut from Untempered Tool Steel by Miller Metals in Bridgeville DE. They had a CAD Laser cutting tool that cut out the blades for us. We had a tour of their facility about 2 weeks ago and an impressive setup.

They have the metal delivered one day, cut it the next and deliver it to the customer on the third day. No inventory, no storage, truly just in time. No separate quality control experts, just the machine operators.

The workshop was set up to make one scraper shave with a flat blade. The cost was $25.00 if you wanted to make an additional one then they were $10.00 each. There were patters for 4 different profiles. A flat, chamfer, small curve and larger curve.

I made all four, One with the supplied wood of Tiger Maple and the other three were with my own wood, Persimmon. I used Goncalo Alves for the insert on the two curved scrapers and with Indonesian Rosewood on the two straight bladed scrapers.

DustyAl, Ed Nock and myself were the LumberJocks who attended.

I used poser sanders to get the regular profile and then 6 hours of hand sanding to smooth up all of the rough edges.

They were sanded to 320 grit and I used a new finish Bush Oil. It was a Christmas Present from my son-in-law. I saw the Bush Oil also being sold at the Woodworker Shows. It did a breat job.

Al Thanks for reminding me. Thanks to Pat Lemely for the use of his shop for the workshop and Thanks to Ed Nock for doing all of the preparatory work and leading our workshop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 11:05 PM

hey karson, those are some beautiful tools you made there…very nice scrapers indeed…sounds like it was a really fun get together…thanks for showing…

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

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 11:10 PM

Karson….Thanks for this posting!! I had a along two days. My back is still hurting. I think the participants learnd a couple of new skills and went away w/ some new tools. Thanks for your help.



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#3 posted 02-06-2011 11:15 PM

Of course Karson had to use some exotic woods for his parts… The rest of us were happy with the maple and sapele provided at the workshop. I just finished giving my four a coat of ordinary tung oil.

Karson, yours do look great.

It was a very well attended workshop. Ed and Pat did a great job organizing.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 11:59 PM

Karson, thanks for posting. These look like handy little tools. The more I use hand tools, the more I prefer them. These could make it on the short to-do list.
I read your by-line. Does Deleware have a north and south part? I wasn’t sure it was big enough to qualify for both:) :). Just kidding, good lookin tools

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 12:22 AM

Nicely done Karson. Great project.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 01:06 AM

BTKS The north is Democratic and the south is very conservatice Republican. Two very different regions.

Of course the big city Wilmington is in the North with all of the DuPont Clan. The south is farmers. The south is one “Great big” sandbar with lots of Chicken farms. The Delmarva area which is Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, from the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean is one of the largest Chicken Producing Areas of the country, Something like 600 Million Chickens a year.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 01:08 AM

To bad you don’t come out here and play with the prune-pickers. Lord knows we could use a lot of instruction. lol

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 02:02 AM

Beautifully made, Karson. I’ll bet those workshops were a blast!!

I have been thinking about making one of these- or something similar. I notice there is no provision for applying a bow to the blade as with a cabinet scraper. Do these type of scrapers not require the bow?


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

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#9 posted 02-07-2011 03:01 AM

I would love to see an instructional video on those.
Excellent work.


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#10 posted 02-07-2011 03:35 AM

Sweet job…great finish.

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#11 posted 02-07-2011 03:46 AM

very nice job these are great lookin shaves.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 02-07-2011 03:53 AM

These are great. I love making tools.

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#13 posted 02-07-2011 04:14 AM

Those look great. Do they work as good as they look? I need a chamfer shave and I like this design.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 02-07-2011 04:35 AM

Lew: There is no bow to the blade. The edge has an angle of 45 degrees and then you turn a burr which is just a less than 90 degree to the blade angle.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 02-07-2011 06:52 AM

Wow i love them Karson, one day i will try to make some of them. Superb craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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