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Forum topic by CanalboatJim posted 10-23-2011 03:27 AM 947 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2011 03:27 AM

I just finished cleaning up a Stanley #82 scrapper. I used Evaporust on this project, and I have to say it worked just as well at the electrolysis method and was a whole lot easier. My question is what is the correct way to sharpen the blade? It does have a bevel already. Should it be truly sharp or just ground square? Should the blade have a burr? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 04:03 AM

The thing is, the scraper planes have a much thicker iron and you use them more aggressively than you would a card scraper. You can put a bit of a burr on it but the scraper planes generally are just sharpened to an edge. A higher angle than you would use on a plane iron. I would go with about 35-40 degrees.

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#2 posted 10-23-2011 06:01 PM

The #80 is a bit nicer for that. As you tighten the screw, it bows the blade like you do with a hand scraper.

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 06:11 PM

You mentioned evaporust. Is there any pitting on the back of the scraper blade, if so replace the blade? You will never get a scraper sharp if a pit runs through the edge. I file my blades a 45 degree angle, polish both the bevel and back with my finest stone, then use a carbide burnisher to form a small hook (you can feel it but not see it) on the blade. This hook does all the cutting.

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 07:44 PM
Look at this video from William Ng. Good info about cab scrapers.


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