Scraper Shave

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Project by JasonD posted 04-04-2011 01:02 AM 4122 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a bunch of small pieces of red oak and hard maple scrap from past projects and I’m always looking for little projects to use them. I was flipping through an old issue of ShopNotes and found a cool little project: scraper shaves.

It didn’t take long to make and it was a lot of fun. The only thing I did differently from the article was to use a backsaw and coping saw instead of table saw and bandsaw to make the major cuts. The rest of the shaping was done with a paring chisel, spokeshave, rasp, and file.

The blade was cut from an old handsaw blade. I smoothed the blade progressing through 3 waterstones (220, 1000, and 8000); then, shaped a 45-deg bevel on one side using a file. I cleaned up and polished the bevel on my waterstones and finally formed a burr on the edge with a burnisher.

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 01:07 AM

Looks real good. Was it nice in use?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 01:15 AM

I use a card scrapper a lot. This looks like a great idea. I like the idea of using a old saw blade but since I don’t have one laying around I think I will make it fit the edge of my card scrapper. Thanks for sharing.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 01:25 AM

It’s a blast to use! I played around on some scrape yellow pine this afternoon and made the little shavings in the 2nd picture above.

I use my card scraper quite a bit too, but the scraper shave has benefits all its own. I use my card scraper for cleaning up flat faces and edges. A scraper shave is useful for cleaning up an odd shaped or curved piece.

Another benefit of the scraper shave is that you don’t have the pain of the hot metal scraper tearing up your hands after a lot of use. :)

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 01:39 AM

Nothing like making your own tools.
Jason, you did a great job on this plane.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 02:11 AM

Nice shop made tool, looks like it works great.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 02:18 AM

Nice job on the scraper shave, and I second what “PaBull” said, nothing like making and using you own shop made tools.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 01:36 PM

I love it! You did a great job. What issue of ShopNotes was that in?

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 03:57 PM

Ted, it’s from issue 112.

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#9 posted 04-08-2011 03:23 PM

Jason, nice looking work as usual from you. Is that hardware easy to come by?

Oh, and I totally feel your pain on the scraper burns. Been there. Try taking a 3-4 strokes and then concentrate on taking a few breaths, once you get into a good rhythm the burns go away.

But I do want to build a scraper plane for when I am a bit more rushed.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 04-08-2011 06:01 PM

Thanks, RG! I got the brass screws and knurled nuts from one of my local hardware stores. I live in a small town in Louisiana. So, I’m guessing they should be pretty easy to find in most places if we had them here. It only cost around $2 for the hardware.

Thanks for the tip on avoiding scraper burn; going to play around with it this weekend.

Btw, I’ve tried using the scraper shave on large flat surfaces like cleaning up a face and it doesn’t work well at all in those cases. I think the biggest reason is the wide / long expanse of a boards face doesn’t allow you to tilt the shave the way you can when cleaning up a chair rail / leg / etc in order to engage the burr at the proper angle.

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#11 posted 04-08-2011 06:27 PM

great job!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#12 posted 04-09-2011 03:08 AM

Happy scraping. When I breath, it’s on the scraper. It’s takes some practice to not burn oneself when working with metal, fortunately I developed the skill when I was an apprentice jeweler. Unfortunately I burned off most of the heat sensitivity in my fingers in the process. Consequently, If I tell you something is hot, I REALLY mean it.

I was not thinking of a shave. Think a Krenov smoothing plane with a 95 bed angle and a very wide throat and a fairly thick blade to act as a heat sink during long scraping sessions.

The shaves are on my list of fun things to make though.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#13 posted 04-11-2011 03:09 AM

I grabbed hardware today, and I rifled through my offcut pile. I have a nice piece of Walnut and a piece of Desert Ironwood that I think will make a good shaver (or two). One question. Is the bed that seats the scraper angled, or is it at 90 to the “sole”?


-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#14 posted 04-11-2011 05:05 AM

It’s 90-deg to the sole.

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