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Forum topic by derrickparks57 posted 03-11-2016 08:40 PM 610 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2016 08:40 PM

I’ve been wanting some scrapers for a while and I’ve been wondering if I can just make them. I’ve seen where they can be made out of old handsaws, and I have a couple old saws hanging up in the shop but I can’t bring myself to cut them up. What is the chance that I could buy some sheet steel from the hardware store and make them out of that? Is it hard enough metal and will it hold an edge?

And before you ask I know I can just buy some but where’s the fun in that.

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#1 posted 03-11-2016 08:44 PM

No, regular sheet steel will not hold an edge very well at all and will not withstand the flexing. Scrapers (and handsaw blades) are made from 1095 spring steel.

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#2 posted 03-11-2016 08:55 PM

I have over the years used cabinet scrapers but not on a regular basis and they do a great job. But I have also used glass as a scraper, works great! Once one edge gets dull switch to another. You can get free glass scraps at your local hardware store that replaces windows. Need a sharp edge just cut another piece with with a glass cutter.

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 09:26 PM

Yes you can make them.
Find old tenon saws with bent blades (Nice and cheap as few have any interest when damaged) and cut pieces off them to make your scrapers. See youtube to learn how to sharpen them. 3 inch by 5 inch is a comfortable size with 4 strait edges. Also another with a 1 in 12 convex radius on one side and 1 in 15 inch on the other is useful.

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#4 posted 03-11-2016 10:23 PM

A friend in our club made a scraper for me using an old cut up hand saw. It is the best one I have.

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#5 posted 03-11-2016 10:52 PM

I would think a standard saw blade is too thick part of the correct use of a scraper is to be able to flex it.

A thin saw like a dovetail saw might work but thats a waste of a saw IMO.
They’re cheap enough I would just buy some.

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