Anyone who has used scrapers will know how useful they are for creating super smooth surfaces, particularly on wood with reversing grain or on highly figured wood. In most cases they eliminate the need for any sanding.
Manufacturer: Thomas Flinn & Co
Set includes: Concave/convex, oval, gooseneck, gooseneck
Made in: England
This Lynx Mini Scraper Set from Thomas Flinn is perfect for fine finishing on narrow flat and curved stock. The set consists of four scrapers made from 1/164″ thick high carbon spring steel (compared to around 1/32″ for a standard scraper), and hardened to between 44 and 46 Rockwell.
The set consists of a 1″ by 1-3/4″ square scraper with 3/32″ and 1/8″ notches milled on one end. It’s ideal for working in tight corners, or shaping mini beads. The concave/convex scraper is 2″ long and is 7/8″ wide on one end, and 1-1/8″ wide on the opposite end. It’s useful for smoothing shallow concave and convex shapes. The oval scraper is 1-3/16″ by 1-3/4″ while the gooseneck scraper is 1-7/8″ long and 1″ at its widest point. Both these scrapers will enable you to work a wide range of curves.
What I like about these scrapes is that they are so easy to control with thumb and two fingers. And, you can sharpen them just as you would a standard scraper.
If you work with inlay, small moldings, and other narrow curved and flat surfaces, then you’ll likely find this set a very handy addition to your tool kit.
Carl Duguay - [email protected]
Carl is a Victoria-based furniture maker and the web editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement.