Making card scrapers from a saw plate?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 08-10-2015 07:18 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-10-2015 07:18 PM

I have a Disston hand saw that was made in the 80s or early 90s. It doesn’t appear to be made of spring steel like some of the older Disstons were. Can I make a decent card scraper from the saw plate, or is the metal not suitable for a scraper?

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#1 posted 08-10-2015 09:29 PM

Brett, I’m not a steel expert, but if you can’t use the saw as a saw, then why not try it and see for yourself if it makes a good scraper. If that saw could be sharpened enough to cut wood, then maybe it can take a burr to shave tiny curls from wood.

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#2 posted 08-10-2015 10:59 PM

Brett it works very well, steel’s just fine.

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#3 posted 08-10-2015 11:25 PM

I don’t know about the newer steel but I will say that pitted saw plates are not ideal for scrapers. The pits keep you from getting a perfect even hook. Can still work decent, but it’s a lot of work to get the pits out. It’s better if you have a saw that’s not so pitted to cut up. Also cutting with a hacksaw is the best method to cut the plate up I’ve found so far. Doesn’t ruin the temper and doesn’t warp the metal as much as shears do. I use a hacksaw blade in a saws all.

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#4 posted 08-10-2015 11:44 PM

I ve made them from old saws. Mine worked well. Took time to polished edge before sharpening, and pitting was gone.When i cut mine i had bucket of water beside to keep the metal cool ALWAYS.
You are nothing out if yours doesnt work. Maybe good practice as well.

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