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Here are some pictures and/or drawings of tools from various makers.  If the name of the submitter is underlined, you can go to the submitter’s web site.  If you click on the picture of the tool, you will go to a page that will give more explanation of the tool.

 

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Ron Larsen’s Scraper Plane

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I made the body years ago when I had access to a Bridgeport at work.  It was a lunchtime project to teach a new electrical engineer how mechanical things were made.  The plane never worked well as a block plane, so I used  it for a paperweight on my desk.  After I bought the Lie-Nielsen 212 I got the idea to convert my block plane to a scraper.

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I cut a block of walnut to fit the slope of the body. The block holds the blade twenty degrees forward of vertical.  I considered using a heavier wood, but I had the walnut.

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The blade holder is turned from a piece of hex brass I had.

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I threaded a length of quarter-inch brass rod with a micrometer thread (1/4 - 40), drilled & tapped for a knurled knob.

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The pieces ready for assembly.  The blades are from Woodcraft, but had to be reground to a sixty degree bevel.  I drilled and tapped the front of the body at a corresponding angle so the blade holder would hit the blade square.  The brass strips on the sides create a "rodmaker's groove".  They're .030 thick, so to adjust I set the scraper on a flat surface and use a .028 shim in the groove.

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Different shots of the assembled scraper.

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I use the scraper mainly for glue removal, but at times I need it to get me out of trouble when I hit a node that wants to lift.

The scraper weighs one and a quarter pounds, which is about half a pound less than the Lie-Nielsen 212.  So far I haven't had the plane chatter or had the blade slip.

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