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Workshop operational tips. #19: In a Tight Scrape.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 05-14-2020 12:42 AM 545 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

Just in case you find yourself in a tight spot, this little gizmo may get you out in a scrape.

I needed a scraper small enough to scrape the inside of the windows of one of my model toys a while back, after finding that sandpaper was altering the general shape too much.

I used the “normal” card scraper sharpening technique to prepare one of my paint scrapers.
In operation on pine,

walnut,

hard maple,

(actually that was a lie as I went and bought a new one to convert…)

I wanted to use my old favourite (bottom one),

however, it has been with me for over 50 years and it’s being held in trust for a boxed display…

Just a couple of hints, aimed at the uninitiated, for scraper sharpening.
Nylon blocks with rare earths make a good vertical holder,


... for the more frugal… just a wooden block will suffice.

For those of delicate hand, a fly-wire screen spline split down the length can protect your baby soft palms,

A split block (bandsaw kerf) with “hold in place wings” is a good addition to hold a scraper for edge rolling,


The “wings hold it in place while the scraper is positioned and the vice tightened.
(cheap Chines…)
and it doesn’t object to interracial vices, ...(expensive Australian)

PS. Don’t try this on plastic scrapers… after about 5 attempts, I reaslised it doesn’t work!... They just don’t hold an edge.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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pottz

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#1 posted 05-14-2020 12:52 AM

nice tutorial ducks i wish i actually used the scrapers i have but just dont care for them much myself.nowhere to plug em in-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 05-14-2020 01:08 AM


... nowhere to plug em in-lol.
- pottz

That’s why I’m going cordless pottzy.

I believe manual labour was abandoned after the completion of the last pyramid in Egypt… Since then the elecronic tools have ruled, however, occasionally even this electron enthusiast reaches for a scraper… I have about 10 so I always have a sharp one. Then I discovered they eventually had to be sharpened and I had a shitload to do… hence my cordless phobia…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 05-14-2020 12:56 PM

I’m shocked! I believed you to be a firm disciple of the over-priced red tool :-/ You needed a small scraper and it wasn’t this one?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 05-14-2020 01:59 PM



I m shocked! I believed you to be a firm disciple of the over-priced red tool :-/ You needed a small scraper and it wasn t this one?

- HokieKen


your right kenny im shocked,the duck making a home made tool when a highly overpriced one is available!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 05-14-2020 03:52 PM

I got two of those… One for each hand…

I m shocked! I believed you to be a firm disciple of the over-priced red tool :-/ You needed a small scraper and it wasn t this one?

- HokieKen

your right kenny im shocked,the duck making a home made tool when a highly overpriced one is available!

- pottz

pottzy, pottzy, pottzy... hokie, hokie, hokie... Two grown men of little faith... You blaspheme against the duck…

This duck needs two ’peckers... one for each hand!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 05-14-2020 06:20 PM

i knew it kenny,never underestimate the duck.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 05-14-2020 07:06 PM

Yeah, we shoulda known better pottz. He even dipped the tip of his new one in red paint so it would match his 2 peckers!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 05-14-2020 07:23 PM

it’s all about presentation kenny,the duck is a showman at the highest level. no one has a bigger pecker than duckie :-/

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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