After a brief lesson in using and "sharpening" one at a local
woodworkers shop, I'm planning on purchasing one.
Would like some wrecker's opinions on which brand to purchase? A
Hock? The standard German ones?
"my" claim to fame (as a user of puch rods to burnish scrapers ) now
is shot to hell....
But in truth I really have to credit my Father (died a few years ago)
with starting me using them....
Bicycle crankshafts -- better makes, i.e. Shimano or Campagnolo, are
forged from impressive sounding stuff like case hardened, boron
nitride-impregnated 10100 bearing alloy. These will destroy a file in
short order. Flats are already ground at an convenient 3 degrees, perfect
for rolling over the hook. Heavier than a lifter rod, thus easier to draw
smoothly along the scraper edge.
Untipped sawblades (good ones) will usually be L-6 alloy. It's not a
"high speed steel" (a vague term, so pick your own definition), but it
is a fine steel for making scrapers (and even better for forged
Slotting saws (used in metalworking) are small circular sawblades and
_are_ solid HSS. Hard to find one over 3" diameter, but they're
excellent as either tiny detail scrapers, or as cutters for a scratch
stock. They're also a little brittle, easily broken, and
unsharpenable - so an engineering workshop may have several for
firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan W) wrote in
I have a BAHCO Sandvik scraper, and have had only moderate success with
keeping it properly tuned. Never, however, have I been accused of having
an excess of patience.
When the woodworking show came to town a couple of weeks ago, I went by the
Lie-Nielsen booth. They were selling a pair of cabinet scrapers, two
different thicknesses, for $15. I bought two pair, because I have never
heard, or experienced, anything negative about the quality of the LN tools.
These were perfect right out of the envelope, and helped me finish some
really beautiful/nasty birdseye maple drawer fronts, without resorting to
the power sander.
I don't know if your local dealer carries these, or what the shipping would
be to order them direct, but these were no more expensive, to my mind, than
the BAHCO was at Rockler. Best of all, they yielded success, right out of
On Mon, 10 May 2004 17:05:29 GMT, email@example.com (Alan W)
You can get both sets (milled scrapers: rectangular and curves) from
www.LeeValley.com for $28, and that's delivered.
rectangular $12/set. 05K30.10 and $9.95 05K20.20 curved set.
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan W) wrote in message
Alan I have one Sandvik and several cheap ones. Also made some from
steel kickplates from old commercial doors.All of them work well, the
cheap ones are thinner than the Sandvic, but I prefer them.Buy a set
of reasonably priced card scrapers, they'll probably work just as well
as the Hock which I admit have never used.
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