|Holder. I've eliminated
both of these problems with a simple scraper holder, shown in the photo above.
It's nothing more than a scrap of 3/4"-thick stock with a couple of screws at
the edges of the scraper to hold it in place. But since the screws hold the scraper
flat against the block of wood, I needed a way to flex it. So I added an ordinary
thumb-screw. It's available at most hardware stores.
The thumbscrew is threaded through the holder and pushes against the back of the
scraper. This allows you to adjust the amount of flex, see drawing at right. And
it gives the scraper a uniform bow, making it easier to use whether you're pushing
it or pulling. By the way, the flex also prevents the sharp corners of the scraper
from digging into the workpiece.
Cut Blank. A scrap of hardwood makes a great holder. Start by cutting the
blank 2" longer than the length of your scraper, see drawing above. The width
of the holder should be about 1/2" less than the width of your scraper, and it's
best to sand down the sharp edges on the ends.
Drill Holes. Once the holder is cut to size, lay the scraper flat on the
holder and center it from side-to-side. Then mark and drill a pilot hole for a
screw at each end of the scraper, see drawing below. The next step is to drill
a hole centered on the holder slightly less than the diameter of your thumbscrew,
see drawing below. (This way the thumbscrew will cut its own threads as it's screwed
into the holder.)