Disability Friendly Woodworking


Harden and Temper
Chucking Scraper Part II
Most of the videos on making your own cutting tools omit the hardening process for steel, which is essential if you don't want to resharpen your tool every 2 minutes. The process is simple and straight forward. All you need is a torch and a can of oil (links below). Even a $15 propane torch will work. 

Chucking Scraper

This is the first instructional video/Instructable that I have ever created and posted.

Recently, I was trying to teach myself how to turn a bowl on my barn find of a lathe without any special tools. Most of the instructions I found on line required  you to purchase a 3 or 4 jaw chuck to make a bowl. This type of chuck costs way more than I paid for my lathe, and I figured there was an easier way to do it.

I turned to YouTube, Instructables, and a dearth of my other favorite how-to websites but could only find techniques requiring a much larger outlay of cash than I was willing to make.

After much research, I found a brief article describing a technique of turning bowls on the lathe with just a basic faceplate. A lathe faceplate costs less than $20 and is literally 10 times cheaper than a 4 jaw chuck. This is exactly what I was looking for.

The technique had you mount your bowl blank to the faceplate and turn the outside of the bowl first. On the very bottom of the bowl you leave a small tenon, about 1/8" high and an inch or so in diameter. You then remove the bowl from the faceplate and  mount a piece of scrap wood to it (slightly larger than the faceplate) and turn a tenon that just fits in the mortise. You then use CA glue (aka superglue) to mount the bottom of the bowl to the scrap wood. You can not finish the inside of the bowl.

The article described a chucking scraper, which is something I've never heard of before.

A chucking scraper is a tool that allows you to easily turn a mortise and tenon on the lathe.
Since I could not find a "chucking scraper" on Amazon or any of the other woodworking supply sites I frequent, I decided to make my own. 

I created plans based on the description of the scraper and my previous experience making chisels.  It is a pretty simple project to make and can be completed within a few hours if you have a decent bench grinder, some metal files, and a wood lathe. 

I have included a dimensioned picture of the scraper blade below this article. The blade is made out of 1/2" wide by 1/4" thick piece of tool steel, which set me back about $30 from Amazon, which gave me enough material to make 2 blades this size. The rest of the stuff I had laying around but can easily be found at Amazon, Home Depot, or where ever you get your basic hardware. 

I'm working on a 3 part video series on making this tool, and hopefully, follow up with an instructional video on how to use it.