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Project by brianl posted 09-04-2011 10:24 PM 2127 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the past few months I’ve been playing around a lot with scrapers, beaders, scratch stocks, and whatnot. I got started when I read Kari's blog post on them. When Shannan came up to visit me a while back we even made some together. So, the creation of this baby was a bit fortuitous.

A couple of weeks ago I asked a question about cutting a circle by hand. In response to that question, RGTools mentioned using one of Mafe's projects: A scraper shave. While I disagree on the naming (I prefer Spokescraper) I thought it was a very handy way to hold a scraper. So, between friday night and saturday I grabbed some walnut and maple scrap I had laying around and built a little tool. Like most of my projects it’s completely done by hand.

The blade is cut from an old hunk-of-junk disston saw I bought on ebay for ninety-nine cents. I smoothed the corners with a file, then did a quick trip on an oilstone followed by a burnisher. As you can see it doesn’t do too badly.

The finish is two coats of tung oil (my preference for shop items) and a coat of clear paste wax applied with steel wool.

Now I guess I need to get started smoothing some circles!

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 12:37 AM

I really like the groove you added to yours, that’s a very formal touch. I Hope it serves you well.

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

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#2 posted 09-05-2011 12:58 AM

Really nice tool you have made you there!
If it is a spokescarper or a scrapershave…
Spoke comes from the wheel:
Shave from the fact that a spokeshave makes a shave.
A scraper makes not a scrape, but a shave also, so the name is acually odd…
But since we call it a scraper!
So I guess I think you are right, that the name should have been more spokescaper if we should follow the missing logic.
But try and search Google on the names, and you will see that scrapershave is the one beeing used so I think I will stick to that for now even I like yours better.
Big smile, and thank you for this little smile on words,

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

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#3 posted 09-05-2011 01:15 AM

WHAT? I think I misunderstood the explaination. If it makes shavings, sharpened angle of the blade not withstanding, it must be a “shave®”. Or does it have to do with the geometery of the blade ie: straight or curved??

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 12:49 AM

adjustable precision saw dust creator, with multi-name option installed.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 09-06-2011 01:01 AM

Great looking tool, I have been meaning to make some of these. Great work

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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