I had some shop time, so I decided to build the
scraper from Stephen Shepherd's FWW article "Make a Wooden
Scraper" (in their Working with Handplanes compilation book,
originally from FWW 167, not in their online archive
I followed the plans
from the article pretty closely, but bumped a couple of the
dimensions around a bit to fit the scraper and the stock
available. I made the body from hard maple and the blade is half
of a card scraper.
My finished dimensions are 11 inches wide
with the main body being 4 inches wide, 2 inches tall and 3 5/8
inches wide. The blade is roughly 3 by 2.5 inches and is .8 mm
Here's a quick shot of
some of the tools I used (not the lathe, it just currently lives
at the back of the bench): saws (crosscut and coping), a small
rasp, chisels, some scrapers. I did burn some electrons to do
the hole drilling, however, I didn't use any sandpaper. Doing
the curved cuts with a coping saw really made me wish I had a
bow saw. The only rasp I had is a crappy chisel with about 4
inches of rasp (flat and half round) cut into the blade (now I
need to get some rasps).
I started by
transferring the sketch from the article freehand on to some
graph paper to serve as templates. There is one for the top view
and one for the front view.
I transferred the
layout to my block which is glued up from some 4/4/ stock. The
bottom laminate is smaller than the top two because it is going
to be cut away entirely and because the board I started with
wasn't long enough to make the glue up complete. SWMBO had the
camera out while I started on the first arm, so that one's
already cut and shaped in this shot.
Since I only had a
coping saw and cutting through 3 inches of maple with a 6 inch
blade is no fun, I made as many of the straight cuts as I could
with hand saws.
The slow cut of the
curved parts with the coping saw.
The cuts for the top
view are done.