Burly Scraper Shave

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Project by RGtools posted 05-15-2011 04:18 AM 2686 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun little project that started with my wife handing me a thrift store saw and saying “I hope you can use this”. The iron here came from that saw and was a treat to shape, It brought me back to the days when I used to do jewelry work. I did a good portion of the work on this tool during my lunch breaks at work, I would take only a few tools for a specific operation and then I would work out of the back of my car. This is a great way to relieve the stress from my job so I am going to have to some up with a few more mobile projects like this.

Some of the particulars. Black walnut and oak, finished with a very nice oil and beeswax mixture that my wife makes. It’s actually supposed to be a salve of some sort but when she makes a batch that’s not up to snuff I get it and use it for tool finishes. The finish is nice because it is very easy to renew, and since I never fully shape my handles until I have used the tool for a while it makes sense to go that route.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 04:20 AM

Sweet little tool. Looks like it will get lots of use.

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

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 04:24 AM

great job

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

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 04:38 AM

Great looking shaver. Love the black walnut and oak mixture. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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David LaBolle

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 11:17 AM

That looks great. What did you end up doing for a toolbox/workbench to work with out of the back of your car?

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#5 posted 05-15-2011 12:21 PM

Wonderful toolwork Ryan, you are the next James Krenov, that style is what reminds me of. Good colors

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#6 posted 05-15-2011 01:11 PM

What a wonderful scraper shave.
You have made a beautiful job on this one, I like it’s maskulinity, it have stong elegant curves. Looks nive to hold also. I like the idea of not finish the mandles until they have been used for a while.
Gret job, and wonderful that you can release some stress this way.
The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 05-15-2011 04:03 PM

WayneC. Thanks a lot. I am having fun helping out Jeremy with you.
Bigike. Thanks so much.
SSMdad. I am glad you like the contrast. If I ever make one of this in a more delicate model I think I will try to decrease the contrast a bit, but I am having trouble picking woods that will be subtle enough and yet suitable for a tool…

Thanks David. I used my “saw bench” and a bench hook for the “bench” though I will try and come up with a more permanent solution later as this does not work for hand planing. I have been looking at how the Japanese use simple horses and stops for this kind of thing and I would like to get into that but I admit that when it comes to Japanese tools and techniques, I am a bit lost in the woods. I also used a large machinist vise and shaped the iron using that. As far as the tool box, just and old pair of jeans to lovingly wrap the sharp tools I was taking that day.

Julio, thank you for that, I take the same kind of approach to tools that Krenov did (though he would most likely not put a finish on a tool…that was a Mafe influence) and it’s very little wonder why his tools were the odd shapes they ended up as. They are comfortable and are such in many different holds. I hold your finger is getting better and that you get to work soon on that wonderful cabinet you have planned.

Mafe, I am glad that someone else noticed the masculinity on the tool. I thought to myself when I finished it, “not a her”. It is quite comfortable to hold and I love that if you look closely you can see little tool marks on it and maybe decode a bit of what I did to create it. A fond “get well” to you as well. Each time I drink coffee lately I think of you. Might have to share a cup with you at some point.

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

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#8 posted 05-15-2011 04:09 PM

You do good.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 05-15-2011 04:46 PM

This post made me very happy. I love the idea of your lunch time therapy. It is indeed stout and I love it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 05-15-2011 11:43 PM

TheJosh Thanks, how does one go about becoming “the” Josh. I would like to become “The Ryan” : )

Bertha. Glad you enjoyed. I highly recommend throwing a few tools in your car for lunch time parking lot therapy. I might make a delicate shave later but this suits me fine for what I wanted it to do.

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

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Brian Havens

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#11 posted 05-16-2011 05:56 AM

Sweet! I love scraper shaves. They are among those underutilized tools. I have found several situations in which my (shop-made) scraper shave was the only tool that would not tear-out the grain.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#12 posted 05-16-2011 03:01 PM

Your right Brian. I am already liking mine for working on handles, it’s saving some serious time on the tear-out. I don’t think I’ll make the ones for edge treatment but I am considering a few for the half round’s. So many tools to make, so little time.

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

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#13 posted 05-16-2011 04:01 PM

niiice fluffy shavings :-)
your new tool works well ….......congrats


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#14 posted 05-17-2011 02:18 AM

thanks Dennis.

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

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#15 posted 06-11-2011 05:41 PM

Thats a nice little tool. I’ll have to consider making one too.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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