Scraper shaves

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Project by Bram Couttouw posted 02-20-2012 07:50 PM 2341 views 18 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I guess I don’t need to explain what these are for. A couple months ago, I read the blogpost that Mafe wrote and I knew that I wanted those scraper shaves someday. I found those to be so beautiful that I had to make some.

So past weekend, I started to rough out some wood and give the scraper shaves their shape, following the drawing that Mafe made.
Mafe used brass bolts and knurled knobs, but I couldn’t find those, no matter where I went, there was no store that sold them. But instead of knurled knobs, I will make some knobs myself and thread them in the near future.

I made the scraper blades out of an old handsaw. The body’s are made out of jatoba (very nice wood, but also very hard and heavy), finished with linseedoil and a coat of beeswax.

This was a really fun project. It took me a weekend to make them and the best part is that they really work very well. It did involved 4 – 5 hours of handsanding, but they look beautiful, that’s importand also.

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 09:59 PM

Awesome scraper shaves. Guess what I’m going to make?

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 10:01 PM

Very nice indeed. How much bevel did you put on the blades? How did you cut the blade into pieces? I really need to make some of these for my shop. Thanks for posting

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 10:14 PM

I like these a lot very fine work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 10:21 PM

These look really good. You can find knurled nuts on the ebay uk site.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 10:25 PM

Nice, real nice. Look good and useful too. Thanks for sharing

-- Doug

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 10:50 PM

That’s really nice, do you need my address so you can send me one? Just to test the quality of course, oh and I won’t send it back LOL.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 12:23 AM

I be willing to bet good ole Mads is going have a big ole grin on his face after seeing these…. Very cool project and very well done! Looks to me like you flat out nailed these… Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 02:27 AM

Nice project. I am going to have to build me a few. thanks for sharing.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 07:16 AM

I hope you will do aproject on that plane in the background, awesome shaves

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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Bram Couttouw

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 08:46 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments. Bigrich, I’ve cut the blades with a hacksaw, much faster than a dremel and less heat buildup. The blades have a 45° bevel. Thanks JR45, I’ll check it out. Maveric777, I was just thinking the same :) Whitewulf, the plane in the background is my next project, I will post it when It’s done.

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 08:51 AM

now you have made Mads smile today and safed his day

great work … they looks good too

enjoy your new toy´s :-)


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#12 posted 02-21-2012 11:01 AM

Great works and quick too !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 11:54 AM

very well done! Enjoy using these beauties!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#14 posted 02-21-2012 02:32 PM

very nice. Makes me pause and think…that’s a good think but my wife sometimes thinks otherwise. LOL.

-- ""The only fool bigger than the fool who says he knows it all is the fool that argues with him."

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#15 posted 02-21-2012 03:07 PM

Thanks for posting. These look great and I assume they work as good as they look. I won’t be buying anymore card scrapers now that I realize I can just make one out of an old saw blade!
I really like the multiple profiles.

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

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