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Chairmaker's Delight Essex Junction VT

This type of tool has a long and venerable history. Before the machine era, chairmakers made their own scraper shaves with a variety of flat, convex and concave bottoms. Antique artisan-made scraper shaves are difficult to find, however. Mass-produced scraper shaves, such as the Stanley 62, are very rare.

The Home Depot
(802)872-0039
759 Harvest Lane
Williston, VT
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's
(802) 662-9131
10 Susie Wilson Road
Essex Junction, VT
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Essex Equipment
(802) 879-0767
26 Kellogg Road
Essex Junction, VT
 
Harvey Industries/Williston
(802) 660-8111
71 Leroy Road Williston, VT, 05495
Williston, VT
 
Bibens Ace-So Burlington
(802) 864-1847
1961 Williston Rd
South Burlington, VT
 
Lowe's of Essex
802-662-9131
10 Sussie Wilson Rd Essex Junction, VT, 05452
Essex Junction, VT
 
Bibens Ace-Essex
(802) 879-0249
15 Essex Way, Essex Shoppes & Cinema
Essex Junction, VT
 
Harvey Industries/White River Jct
(802) 295-3700
1354 North Heartland Rd White River Jct, VT, 05495
White River Jct, VT
 
Russell Supply
(802) 863-1177
9 Gregory Drive South Burlington, VT, 05407
South Burlington, VT
 
Jerihill Home Center
(802) 899-1277
249 Vt Route 15
Jericho, VT
 

Chairmaker's Delight

Chairmaker’s Delight

    

Imagine a spokeshave that never tears out the grain, no matter which direction you go, and you have the essence of this wonderful new tool, the Veritas Scraper Shave ($59). The Scraper Shave is a straight-handled spokeshave equipped with a scraper blade. As with all scrapers, the cutting edge attacks the wood at a very high angle in order to prevent tearout. You can make a continuous cut the entire length of a curved surface without having to worry about grain direction.
This type of tool has a long and venerable history. Before the machine era, chairmakers made their own scraper shaves with a variety of flat, convex and concave bottoms. Antique artisan-made scraper shaves are difficult to find, however. Mass-produced scraper shaves, such as the Stanley 62, are very rare. My set of artisan-made shaves, which took a long time to assemble, is an essential part of my tool kit. I've also made my own scraper shaves, but now that's no longer necessary. This is a beautifully made tool. I found its straight handles more comfortable to pull than push. Its brass bottom, which is flat, would be easy to file or grind into a slight concave or convex shape to improve the tool's effectiveness on curved surfaces. Unlike most scrapers, the blade is very hard, so it cannot be sharpened with a file. You must use stones or sandpaper.

Source
Lee Valley, (800) 871-8158, www.leevalley.com Veritas Scraper Shave, #05P33.70, $59.


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