Sharpening Jig For Card Scrapers

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Project by woodoogolem posted 12-07-2014 04:18 PM 5651 views 44 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always found it rather inconvenient to clamp the card scrapers into a vise. For that reason I took a scrap piece of maple, added a bevel of 10° on each side of the top, cut a rabbet in each bottom corner and finally cut it in halves. Two short pins prevent the halves from shifting around.

Now I can clamp the blades a smidgen above the surface and conveniently use the burnisher to form nice hooks on each side of the blade.

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 04:42 PM

I have some card scrapers….
Sitting in a package, UNUSED.
Perhaps this could motivate me to sharpen them!!!

Thanks for posting this, looks like it should work well!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 04:50 PM

Perhaps this could motivate me to sharpen them!!!

You definitely should. I have some difficult wood which resisted any efforts using machines and planes. Only the scrapers did the trick with little effort.

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 05:26 PM

Scrapers RULE! Great little jig, I have some blocks of Ash cut to 45 and 90 degrees for my cabinets scraper might have to see if I can refine them?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 12-08-2014 12:21 AM

Alright now!

I have NEVER gotten a decent burr on my scrapers. I think your jig will be perfect aid for me. Thank you.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 12-08-2014 01:01 AM

Thats pretty slick. I suppose we should all have the skills to do these perfectly by hand but back to reality, this is a good idea to get a much more consistent burr easily.

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#6 posted 12-08-2014 01:33 AM

Perfect timing, I’ve been trying to figure out how to properly support mine for forming the edge.
This will also be much safer.
Thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 12-08-2014 02:31 PM

Looks like a great way to get a consistent hook. Scrapers are awesome tools. Used mine a bunch a few days ago on some unruly wood.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 12-08-2014 03:04 PM

Brilliant. Must copy!

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#9 posted 12-29-2014 05:14 AM

Just came across your handy scraper aide and really like the function of it. I will definitely try to put one together in the near future! After looking at the design , I did think of a possible upgrade and will most likely try to add to my attempt at this handy jig. I thought that by adding two small earth mags flush on the inside face of one of the blocks will hold the scraper in place as you line up and clamp down in the vice. Anyways, once again nice concept and follow thru. Thanks for sharing!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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