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Forum topic by marcb posted 05-20-2008 08:23 AM 1558 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2008 08:23 AM

Anyone here ever made their own scrapers for a junked handsaw?

I have a trashed saw with a wave and a kink in it so its junk. I remembered reading that scrapers tend to be made out of saw cutoffs so I figured I should be able to make a few scrapers from this.

Just as simple as cutting shapes and burnishing a hook?

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#1 posted 05-20-2008 08:51 AM

That would be my guess.

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#2 posted 05-20-2008 11:52 AM

I have never done it but that sounds good to me as well. Scrapers are simply pieces of flat steel. So this should work. You might try it and take some photos along the way. It would make an interesting blog.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-20-2008 12:33 PM

it sound like you could to me. why don’t you try it out and tell us how it works.

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#4 posted 05-20-2008 02:10 PM

marcb I was thinking of doing the same thing only out of 22ga pregalv material. I work at a pre-engineered metal building company so I can have them shear one for me that would have a nice square edge. My only concern is that I have a borrowed one right now and the edges have something on them….is this carbon or what?


-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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#5 posted 05-20-2008 06:20 PM

I had just ordered a couple from Lee Valley before I notices the saw was screwed up. So I think I”ll wait untill they arrive just to see what they are like.

My only concern is how to cut the saw. I believe that saw blades are heat treated, am I right?

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#6 posted 05-20-2008 06:28 PM

Rough out the shape with a dremel and a metal cutting disk; straighten the edges with a mill file. Then track down Chris Schwarz’s article on sharpening and using hand scrapers from Popular Woodworking (it was last year; can’t remember what issue).

-- Ethan,

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 11:58 PM


I don’t follow you, whats on the edges? Does it look like a shiney dark blue? Thats from the heat treat on the steel I would guess.

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#8 posted 05-22-2008 08:07 AM

See my blog got one cut out today.

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