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Forum topic by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 2630 days ago 12014 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dick, & Barb Cain

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2630 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: lathe scraper tool dick

I entered this as a comment to Tony’s question, But I figured more people would be more apt to see it on a separate topic.
When I made a cannister set I made a bowl scraper out of an old flat file.
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First you grind the teeth off the file, which seems to take forever.

I wanted fairly square bottom, so I ground it like this.

Also round off the corners of the file, so it doesn’t drag on the toolrest.

I haven’t made a handle for this yet, because it’s so large to begin with, but a handle would make it more comfortable to hold

You can grind to any shape you wish. I’ve used this on quite a few bowls, & vases.

I have used old files to make my own carving chisels also.

Here’s some images.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1


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WayneC

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#1 posted 2630 days ago

Looks great Dick. I will have to pick a few old worn files next time I am out poking around.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 2630 days ago

The hardest part is grinding the files teeth of, it takes forever. You may notice the file pattern yet.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2630 days ago

why that’s wonderful—and I thought you had to keep buying $80 tools.
I’ll be checking out the basement for some old files!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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miles125

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#4 posted 2630 days ago

Thanks for the tip!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Karson

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#5 posted 2630 days ago

Now wheres that blog $400 for lathe, $400.00 for tools, $400.00 for safety gear. The price just went down. Flea market Files $1.00

-- 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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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 2630 days ago

Right on!! Karson,
I could have made it fancier looking, but it does the trick.

You’re, right Flea markets & garage sales always have these laying around.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mot

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#7 posted 2630 days ago

Hanging my head in shame as I come out of the shop, inspired, full of shavings and in a great mood after hollowing a nice maple burl on my Nova DVRXP with my Proforme Hollowers and Termite. Then I come to LJ.com and read how Dick just made a worthy scraper for a buck. I’m going to watch TV.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2630 days ago

Mot,
Don’t feel so bad, I don’t have a lathe with a DVR (digital video recorder) built in. They didn’t have that fancy stuff when I bought my old Craftsman lathe, with the chisels, for 20 Bucks 40 years ago, but it was an old used lathe at the time.
I’m kind of envious of you though, with that beautiful new lathe.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 2630 days ago

Good work Dick.
I am just about to put a file into a parting tool.
I use a small grinder to take the teeth off the file and it’s best done outside. ( messy) You need a slight taper top to bottom for a decent scraper but they are not good value at 30 -50 bucks.

p.s. What’s a Digital Video Recorder? (tic)

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2629 days ago

DVR is Spidato mans Lathe.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mot

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#11 posted 2629 days ago

The next K and T Video Production involves the DVR. Stay tuned. It’s just a short one, but it shows a couple of the neat features of the DVR.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 2629 days ago

Thanks,
I’ll be looking for it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bob Babcock

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#13 posted 2629 days ago

I think I may give away the old lathe I bought and get one of these puppies. I like how the drive pivots for big bowls…..Ouch…NM I just checked the price…..I think the old one is here to stay. Why are lathes so expensive in comparison to other tools? At least it seems that way.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Bob #2

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#14 posted 2629 days ago

So Mot, will you be using your DVR to feature your DVR?

I suppose your could use your DVR “analog” to demo it.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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mot

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#15 posted 2629 days ago

Bob…that’s funny. As a matter of fact!

Bob B. They are pricey. I hemmed and hawed about that lathe for a long time. Because of the limited shop time I get and the obsessive compulsive tendencies that run in my family, I want to maximize shop time. My old lathe used to just drive me nuts. I got to the point where I wasn’t turning because it aggravated me. The tailstock slid, the toolrest didn’t hold it’s place well, the fan housing on the motor rattled, the spindle had noticeable runout that I couldn’t correct….the list just got longer and longer. It actually got even longer when I started looking for faults in the lathe, rather than solutions and compensations for the problems. That told me to just get the Nova. My father was laughing at me. He said, “Who are you trying to convince?” and handed me the phone. Just get it an “shut up.”

It still gives me a bit of sticker shock when I look at it, but it’s just sooooo nice.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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