Reply To: Thickness of card scrapers


Glad it helped. Maybe there is something to it and it is more than my imagination. I’ve wondered if the alcohol modifies the lignin or maybe simply acts as a lubricant. Another trick that helps is with regard to times when, for some reason, there is trouble having the plane enter the cut at the near end of the board. If it isn’t contrary to the final piece, e.g., because of thickness reduction or length reduction, I’ll put a slight chamfer on the end of the board and give a quick wipe with my equivalent of Pauls’ rag in a can. This helps the plane enter the cut instead of scudding. If the chamfer isn’t possible (and it is just a tiny one!), applying the oil still helps as does alcohol. You probably noticed that the alcohol doesn’t last long, which might suggest it is lubricity rather than reaction?