Ever use a skinny scraper?
I've never seen any for sale or anything, but I've been
using them for years. There isn't anything I know better
for cleaning up curves. Light and fast and you won't believe
you ever lived without one!
I was cutting a couple out
yesterday just for spares and then pretty soon I just
decided to make some. Took some pix too. You start with an
old handsaw that's too far gone for saw duty and lop it up.
I've cut old saws with a lot of
different methods over the years, but my current are those
paper thin cutoff disks they make for Dremel.
The disks are
so thin that unless you use too much pressure you won't
overheat the blade at all. Lay out your cuts and make a
light pass down the line.
Then subsequent passes go
deeper each pass. When you're well over 1/2 way through you
can snap off easy.
My usual favorite size is
around 5" long and somewhere around 5/8" wide. You lop them
up and then drawfile smooth and just a bit convex. From
there you can stone and roll a burr if you want. I do most
all my work straight from the file. "Drawfile and Go" but I
guess you've all heard that before.
Anyway here's what they look
like. I made one a bit wider in this shot just to use up the
This is what they'll do for
It's an old transitional beech
plane tote all cracked and nasty and paint dripped on and
well, you probably have some yourself down in that box under
the bench. This was <10 seconds of work to clean and get
down to fresh stock. Bam, it's gone!
So, I made up a few extras
while I was at it. If you don't want to make your own they
are for sale. 10 bucks and postage until they're gone.
First come first served and there are not a lot of them. I
am not planning production here! They'll come with one edge
drawfiled and ready to cut. I only do one edge on these.
They are cut from pre war Disston saw stock. Old tool terms
Here's more too. Ever use a
The philosophy of a torch is
that your arm wants to swing in an arc. Unsupported it
jiggles like mad too. So get something to lean against, like
a bench leg, and then reach as far as you need to go and
steady the tool there. Keep your elbows close and use body
The path back toward yourself will go a -whole- lot