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Scraper Sharpening w/ William Ng

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 04-03-2011 05:50 PM 3252 reads 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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During the Greene & Greene coffee table class I attended a few weeks ago, William Ng gave us an impromptu lesson in scraper sharpening. Fortunately I had my Flip Cam at the ready and captured this tutorial for your enjoyment.

William uses Takenoko 4,000 and 8,000 grit sharpening stones and you can pick those up in his store. How do you like that fancy water bath?

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AZMac

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 06:46 PM

Nice video. how I have to try sharpening.
Thanks for posting.
AZMac

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 07:30 PM

Wow! That was very interesting…thanks!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 07:43 PM

Looks like an easy way to sharpen your scraper. Nice and fast.

Thanks Marc.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 09:12 PM

thank´s for sharing
it was a very interresting vidio
I deffently will try this :-)

take care
Dennis

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#5 posted 04-03-2011 11:18 PM

Very cool, thanks for filming and posting it. I love card scrapers, just recently started using them.
Every time I see a sharpening video, I learn something.
Seems there are a lot of different theories on sharpening things…you have to try different ones until you find the way that works in your hands.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 12:57 AM

Great video on how to use and sharpen a card scraper. Thanks for posting it Marc.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 03:02 AM

Not just a video on sharpening but on how to use a scraper, I like how he explained “finding the sweet spot”.

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 04:13 AM

That water bath Is awesome! I suspect the bamboo is for a reservoir drip, a slow faucet or something, did you see it work? Did it have a drain, is there anything else you can tell us about it?

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#9 posted 04-04-2011 04:15 AM

Its really just a tub with a small pump that pushes the water up through the bamboo. I think the tub has a drain on it but its really nothing too fancy. Certainly is beautiful though.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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#10 posted 04-04-2011 01:43 PM

great video Marc. Thnx for posting

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 03:27 PM

Card scrapers are wonderful. I think the reason that there are so many different methods for sharpening them is because they readily accept so many different edges for different tasks.

This one is for twokidsnosleep or for anyone who can’t use water stones due to extreme cold in their shop.

http://lumberjocks.com/RGtools/blog/21894

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#12 posted 04-04-2011 05:33 PM

I liked the demo of finding the sweet spot and light touch as well
Yes, very true RG. I remember your vid as well
I don’t know about extreme cold….Vancouver is called Lotus Land of Canada and rarely gets below freezing, BUT
water stones bring on a whole different set of issues with storage, mess and sanitation ie the water gets grungy.
Plus I am too cheap to buy new stones when I inherited my dad’s oil stones. That super fine polishing stone is really tempting though

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#13 posted 04-09-2011 02:18 AM

There’s a question this video raised that I research a little and couldn’t really find any answer for, and that is when he talks about a sharpening stone and a polishing stone are different in classification of grit.
That is to say they could be the same thing though the labeling of grits are much lower for the polishing stones and you should use a nagura stone with them.
So my question is what is the difference of a sharpening stone to a polishing stone?
...and could a sharpening stone act as a polishing stone if it had a high enough grit? and if this is so is it necessary to use a nagura stone with it?
Also where might I learn more about this subject of stone classification?
Sorry for the 20, I’m just a nerd with an obsession.

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#14 posted 04-09-2011 06:50 AM

I notice that Woodcraft has polishing stones.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#15 posted 04-09-2011 07:04 AM

If you want to read something interesting. It’s the polishing of Japanese Samari swords.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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