These, or any scrapers do not come sharp or with a burnished edge. As
others have said, learn to sharpen and turn the different types of edges.
Practice and scrapers will soon become a valuable asset in finishing.
First, the dial-a-burnish is worth every nickel of what it costs. Get it,
it's in one of their packages. Makes your burrs much more predictable, and
saves you the occasional finger gash you will otherwise acquire as you run
off the edge of your scraper, or it rotates in the vise and cuts the heel of
you hand. With that, and the directions that go with it, you will be able
to keep two or three degrees of aggressiveness available. I keep mine in
labeled slots, but still give a thumbnail check before I use 'em.
Softwood doesn't respond well to scrapers unless you're moving much more
than pressing. I'm convinced it's more an art than a science there.
For hardwood, the scraper is a great tool for removing mill marks. Not the
equal of a regular plane in speed, but with a medium burr, minimum bow, and
a skew angle that bridges several marks, it'll clean up even the worst -
those places where you might even see a bit of cutter burn. Once the cutter
marks are gone, go to a fine burr, larger bow, and scrape with less skew for
a finish you'll hate to hit with sandpaper.
If your jointer or planer blades are so bad that you get a burnished
surface, the kind with shiny valleys and sort of crushed separators, dampen
the wood first, and let it dry. It'll save you having to go back to catch
burnished areas you missed which aren't taking finish like the rest.
I have a nice thin scraper, runs out to garage workshop and applies new
calipers..... they say it is 0.45mm thick. It removes curles of wood on
soft pine and cleans up hand plane digs around the knot holes very
nicely. I have very recently used it to make the glue lines on some edge
glued knotty pine go away. I have also used it to make the ends of
through wedged pine tenons shine (a touch of sanding sealer helped too).
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I too bought the LV kit when first learning how to use a scraper. I
tried and tried with mucho frustration. Then I decided that I would try
to use it without the holder. Viola! Shavings on the first try. I put
it back in the holder and still could not do it. Took it out worked
fine. I sent the holder back but kept the file jointer and the dial
burnisher- they're great, but I only got about 9$ for the holder cause
it was part of a package. If you dont have any luck with the holder,
try it freehand- you wont miss it a bit.
Keep the burr sharp and when you start making dust reburnish it.
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