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billm

Total Topics: 32
Total Posts: 147
Hi all -

I realized that I'm coming up on the rosette soon, and I don't have scraper blades yet.

For whatever reason, I'm finding that part of the fun here is figuring out how to improvise. For example, I used clamps I made for the head and tail blocks. I need to make more for the bracing. (Not perfect, those wing nuts are a devil to turn tight enough, but they work!)

So - scraper blade, I really don't know what the exact "tool requirements" are but it seems like - well - a blade. I was thinking of using one of the blades out of my utility knife. (Further thinking reminded me of ergonomics and the promise of cut-up fingers...)

What have y'all used here? Is this one of those "just shut up and buy it" tools?

Aug 11, 06 | 6:48 am
jhowell

Total Topics: 37
Total Posts: 676
Hey! and Welcome!

I guess it kind of depends. Single edged razor blades can have the edge turned and be used as small scrapers. I bought a large ( 2 1/2" x 4") one for around $6 and its likely to last my lifetime. Lots of tools can be improvised -- its part of the game that I enjoy.

--jim

Aug 11, 06 | 2:22 pm
Bill Cory

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Total Posts: 3584
Before I started this pursuit, I had no idea what a scraper was. Now, it's my favorite tool for smoothing a surface. used correctly, a real scraper blade is a wonderful thing. I got a set of 3 blades from Woodcraft (available at any woodworker store, same set Stewmac offers online), and I use them constantly. I've finally learned how to sharpen them and turn the edge for either scraping or micro-planing. One caution: When using them, especially on the rosettes, watch the corners. In my first cedar top, I didn't, and it took a lot of sanding to get rid of the mark. (Maybe that's why the guitar sounds so good: The top is thin!)

Aug 11, 06 | 3:45 pm
Phlytyer (Keith)

Total Topics: 37
Total Posts: 273
billm:

Don't forget to checkout Grizzly. They have a set that I will be getting. Be sure to use "search" engine. Here is a suggestion from one of the resident pros.

Keith

Aug 12, 06 | 12:57 am
Phlytyer (Keith)

Total Topics: 37
Total Posts: 273
Finally! Got to use my scraper. First time for me with the actual item. As Bill said, what a wonderful thing! Dressed my binding up just dandy.

Oct 02, 06 | 5:46 pm
mbbransc

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 71
Hey guys, bought a scrapper blade from LMI. Question... how are you sharpening them? I anticipated it being sharp when I got it.

thx

Oct 29, 06 | 5:54 pm
Peter

Total Topics: 12
Total Posts: 44
mbbransc
Look down the thread about seven or eight topic. Great sharpening scraper how too video. Very useful video.
Peter

Oct 30, 06 | 3:15 pm
Herman

Total Topics: 38
Total Posts: 480
The scraperblade is maybe my most favorite tool. I got a set from Lie Nielsen. Sharpening tools from Stewmac. Super stuff. If sharp, it works faster then sanding.
You defenitly need some for the plates and the binding!

Oct 31, 06 | 9:10 am
mbbransc

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Total Posts: 71
I used my kitchen knife sharpener... worked like a champ.

Oct 31, 06 | 11:50 am
Peter

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Total Posts: 44
I a bit confused, Are we talking about cabinet scrapers? If so, I've always used a burnisher to sharpen them. I love the scrapers made in Sweden, I have found the metal they use to be harder and they seem to hold their edge longer.
Peter

Oct 31, 06 | 3:02 pm
Herman

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Yes Peter, Mine are cabinetscrapers and a burnisher.

Nov 01, 06 | 8:21 am
Peter

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Total Posts: 44
Thanks Herman,
I'm new to this and thought we may have been talking about a different type of tool. Again thanks for the heads up.
Peter

Nov 01, 06 | 2:37 pm
KTHOM

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Total Posts: 244
When I was a young man (Da 50's) "Swedish Steel"' meant something and inferred that it was of the highest quality material. Now with so much stuff coming out of the Orient terms like Swedish Steel seem to have gone the way of buggy whips.

It pays to get "the good stuff" and I'll bet a set of good scraper blades will long out last my lifetime.

Nov 01, 06 | 5:25 pm
Ken Hundley

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Total Posts: 2169
I got the full set from LMI, and they are workign great. The key is to smooth and burnish them properly, and not too much or too hard, as the edge gets brittle. You don't want it cracking off during a key finishing stroke on your guitar either.

Nov 05, 06 | 10:35 pm
mbbransc

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 71
Just FYI... I just got an email from Woodcraft. They have a sale for all three of the typical scrapper blades that StewMac and LMI sale. They have all three for $9.99. This is an email from my local ATL Woodcraft store so your YMMV.

thx
Brandon

Nov 16, 06 | 7:36 am
billm

Total Topics: 32
Total Posts: 145
Agreed - I got mine from there, the normal price was much lower than ordering from Stewmac -

Nov 16, 06 | 8:27 am



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