I love card scrapers and I use them a lot. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that I now have osteoarthritis in my right thumb. Bending a card scraper to make those beautiful little shavings is now a pain …. literally. The answer seems to be some sort of scraper holder or scraper plane and since I discovered Charles Hayward's great book in pdf format, I have often thought about the plane he describes. It uses a Stanley #80 scraper blade, a replacement for which can conveniently be bought from Ron Hock (Hock Tools).
So a few days ago I ordered a few and while I was waiting, went to look at my small wood supply. The only thing I had that was hard enough and big enough was some Pepper Wood (schinus molle) that I saved from a tree we had taken down in our yard a couple of years back. I thought that would be perfect for my Az. shop made tool collection.
Sadly I had to cut and paste a bit to get a piece the right size.
This morning I took the glued up piece , laid out a few lines, drilled a couple of alignment holes, and ripped it at 72 degrees at the line of the blade bed.
Then I took the bit that would be the front and cut away the escapement. I seldom take the time to use a dado head as I find it usually quicker to just do repeated cuts.
Next, I did the same for the mouth and cleaned it up with a scraper.
I popped a couple of short dowels in the alignment holes and glued it back up.
While I was waiting for the HHG to set, I made up the brass retainer clamp and had a quick lunch.
After lunch I set the SS table to 18 degrees and drilled for the clamp screws (10-32). Drill, tap, install one screw, and use it as a guide to drill the other.
Next I ripped the body profile and drilled the adjuster screw hole. The SS table is amazing at this.
I tried to post this as one piece but I am getting “Application Error” messages so I’ll break it here.
Too many pictures I suspect.
:-) ........... to be continued.
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/