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Josh

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1265 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: scraping hand scraper card scraper

I got some card scrapers for Christmas and I’m trying to figure out how to use them properly. I was looking around on here and I found a project that I liked that is a card scraper holder and my question is that in the comments ratchet says ‘I am probably going to unscrew the two halves and reshape the curve to more closely match what the scraper actually does when flexed’. Is there a proper flex that I should be trying get or do I just scrape away? If I try and build that holder is the flex something I really need to focus on?

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah


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#1 posted 1265 days ago

Do you need a bend when using card scraper?

Not according to Tage Frid.

-- Fred

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#2 posted 1265 days ago

What you need to focus on is the angle the burr is burnished at, a slight bend and a 45 deg. angle with the right burr and a some practice you should be good to go. leevalley.com has a nice tool to get different degrees on the edge of the blade. you want thin shaveings not dust.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 1265 days ago

First, make sure you have done a good job of sharpening the scrapper. There are several resources on this board and elsewhere that can help.

No, you do not need a bend, but you may prefer to use the scrapper with a slight bend. If you play around with a properly sharpened scrapper for a while you will find the “sweet spot” where the angle and the bend are just right. It’s a feel thing. No one can tell you exactly what is the right angle or bend. You have to feel it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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