Osage scraper handle

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Project by hairy posted 1193 days ago 1424 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did accomplish something today. I brought home a rusty piece of 3/8” square bar from the flea market Sunday. I had some osage orange (bois d’ arc) that a friend gave to me.

I roughed out the blank, sized it for a ferrule,then CA glued it on. I make it a tight fit so I can screw it on. A file will round it over. Then I drilled a 7/16” hole 3” deep. Turn it, burn it, polish it, part it off then CA glue in the metal.

I’m going to wait until something presents itself as a need for the profile to grind it. As for now, it’s a square flat scraper.

21” x 1 and 1/2”. Hut friction polish.

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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#1 posted 1193 days ago

Outstanding! You turners have some skills…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 1193 days ago

A handy tool doesnt get any cheaper than that, nice looking handel

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 1193 days ago

You da Man Hairy!

Nice job.

Sweet lathe too. :-)

-- Happily turning on my Robust S16LB "There is no failure except in no longer trying. "

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#4 posted 1193 days ago

I likes me some Osage Orange! very nice handle Hairy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 1192 days ago

Hairy – you got that job of turning a brass nut into a ferrule well sorted. Fine looking handle.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#6 posted 1192 days ago

Very nice Hairy! Any idea what type of steel you picked up at the flea market? Just wondering how long it will hold an edge once you get it profiled to what it is going to be.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#7 posted 1191 days ago

Thanks, Matt! I’m not sure what it is. It had some rust, so I know it’s not stainless or HSS. It really won’t matter. I’ve brought home old carbon steel turning tools from the flea market and use them for certain tasks. They will cut good if I sharpen them good, but they won’t hold an edge as long as newer types will.They’ve been around many years, and are still good tools. Usually real cheap, too.

Usually , turning tools that I make don’t do a lot of sustained cutting, they will do a specific cut for a short time. I have another piece from the same place as this. I want to make a scraper to cut the angle to fit the jaws of my chuck, just a real quick cut. I have to come up with a way to mount a 1/2” wide, 1/4” thick flat bar into a handle.

-- what a long, strange trip it's been...

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#8 posted 1159 days ago

Hardening and annealing might help it stay sharp longer. Nice job there.

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

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#9 posted 1159 days ago

The brass compression nut is one heck of an idea. I must have a thousand of those left over from air systems on gas tankers. Now I know what to do with some of them, Thanks for the idea.

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