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    Richard Guggemos

    While working on a wall cabinet this weekend(see My Version of a Workbench), I was fitting up the carcass for glue. During this, one side turned out to be 1/16″ longer than the other preventing a square assembly. After gluing the good side to the bottom (squarely), the cabinet was set aside to dry leaving too little space on the workBench to fix the long side.

    Not wanting to be idle, This presented a good opportunity to try making a spoon. Having only a #7-32mm gouge, I probably should have made a larger spoon. Ultimately the inside of the bowl required quite a bit of hand sanding. I should also shape one of my scrapers round or oval to work bowls. All that said, the results felt satisfying.

    Even with the straight edged scrapers, there were plenty of areas, that responded well to the tool. With only a little experience using scrapers (both freehand and with a #80 cabinet scraper) I’m sold on them. Those tiny shavings are amazing. And both sharpening and use are easy to pick up. If youv’e been sitting on the fence (like me) re scrapers, don’t. They’re really cool.

    A few pix are attached.

    Mike I

    Looks good. Loving the artistic black and white photos!

    David B

    Very nice spoon. I have been routinely frustrated with my sharpening attempts on my scrapers. I’ve gotten the card scraper OK but feel like I have to try way to hard. I just got a cabinet scraper a couple of weeks ago and haven’t quite figured it out yet though I did follow the instructions very accurately I thought…filed the iron down to 45 degrees, burnished the edge/rolled it over but I seem to get a lot of chatter and not much shaving action…Anybody have any “tried and true” tricks?

    Richard Guggemos

    Thanks Mike. It’s fun to combine my interests.

    Richard Guggemos


    I can’t claim expertise re sharpening scrapes. What I have learned is that there is vast diversity of opinion re same, that dates back many many years.

    Chris Schwartz did a piece on this topic that you can google. It’s an interesting read. Highland Woodworking also has a good how-to on their site.

    I have a carbide bit for use as a burnisher, but I’ve been using a true burnishing tool. The additional size makes it easier to control. I don’t use real heavy pressure when burnishing but do check the edge for a burr periodically. So far, this has worked for me.


    Rick G

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