Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

 any yall use a scraper? and if you do, how do you sharpen it?

I got a set from woodcraft,, and when new it was great,  I took a LOT of sanding out , I cant handle much sanding , it hurts my lungs ,, even with a mask,,, i abused them as a younger man

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Comment by Trapdoor2 on June 5, 2012 at 10:56am
Comment by Bell Banjos on June 5, 2012 at 10:58am

Put your scraper in a vise, usabale edge up. Wedge it in the vise between 2 wood scraps so you don't damage the scraper. Accurately and flatly file the edge flat with a very fine single cut file. Test with your fingertiip to see if you are building up a burr on the edge. When you get a nice burr up and down and on both sides of the scraper, take a clean looking, round, chrome screwdriver shaft and burnish the top where you filed. Run it up and down and slightly tilt it too but not too much, that would cut off the burr. The burr is your "knife". If you've got a spokeshave and scraper you're in business.

Comment by Steve Jeter on June 5, 2012 at 11:01am

"bows" thank you sensei

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