Re-Jappaning an old friend - No. 80 scraper

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Blog entry by ratchet posted 05-12-2010 08:42 PM 1808 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Been using this old No. 80 for a long time and it definitely appeared to have seen better days. As this tool is not a collectors item I decided it was time to refurb an olde friend.
Used electrolysis to clean it up.

Made up a solution of Japan mix using Asphaltum in a glass jar. Waited about a week – shaking a couple of times each day for it to dissolve/go completely in solution.

Painted a couple of light coats of the solution on the no. 80, and then it went through a baking schedule increasing the temp. each time until it reached 450 F. for 30 min.

I think it came out very nice and its a joy to use again.! Defintely nicer looking and far more resistant to abrasion and chemicals then any paint job. The jappaned surface is VERY Tough!

Your comments encouraged.

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#1 posted 05-12-2010 09:11 PM

Looks Great, my Friend… like it just came off the store shelf!!
I just checked… I have a No. 51, but it didn’t see as much use as yours!
Happy Shavings!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 09:50 PM

looks great!

a friend of mine gave me a #80 a couple of weeks ago. it was just a hunk of rust. i got it down to the bare metal and rust protected it. thanks for the little tutorial on japaning, i’m tempted to try it now.

do you have the orginal scraper in it, or do you know a source for replacements?

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#3 posted 05-12-2010 11:40 PM

Nice work. I like spokeshaves.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 04:23 AM

I should send you mine! Nice job, it has another 100 yrs in it now.

-- Marc

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 03:31 PM

bent; Yes the original blade is installed and running. Seems to work fine for me. I think Hock may make some blades for a no. 80.

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