Been working on a shallow (~1/2" deep) hand-carved walnut tray as an
anniversary gift for SWMBO. It was going along fine, as I got a nice
uniform depth to the center, with minimal tearout. I then took a card
scraper to clean up the bottom of the tray and it was looking great.
The trick was getting a nice little radius where the side walls meet
the bottom. I tried various chisels and gouges and nothing was able
to handle the long grain without risking some pretty ugly tearout.
I was getting pretty frustrated when I had a Homer moment. I don't
know why it took me so long, as I use various scrapers when doing
bowls. So I checked the various curved scrapers I have, looking for
one that approximated the radius I wanted. Nope, nothing quite right.
While I was debating re-grinding the edge on one of my full-size
scrapers, I remembered the pack of miniature scrapers I had picked up
from LV as a throw-in when redeeming a gift certificate. They are 2"
x 1" and cost about $3 for a pack of three.
I grabbed one of them and a file and about five minutes later I had
just the radius I was looking for. Took the scraper to my SS setup
and lapped the faces and polished the edges, took my Hock burnisher
and turned a hook and I was in bidness.
A few minutes with that scraper and I had a seamless
transition/radius with absolutely no tearout.
Now I just need to find a way to do the same on the ends of the
tray. I can't see a scraper handling that endgrain as well.
Just say (tmPL) Sometimes the simplest technique is the best.