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How Scraper Tools Work

The blade of both tools is held in the body with a wedge. The wedge comes almost to the throat of the tool so that the blade is supported to the maximum extent possible to visually eliminate vibration.

The blade is set to protrude beyond the bottom of the tool. The amount of protrusion will depend on personal preference, but no more than one millimetre would be advised.

When working, the brass nose in front of the blade will be in contact with the wood to be scraped. The tool is then pivoted about that contact point to adjust the amount of pressure on the following blade. As the contact point with the wood approaches the blade, the control of the cutting action will increase.

If the blade protrudes a long way beyond the bottom of the tool, then the distance between the contact point and the blade will also be large. As the amount of protrusion decreases, so the distance between the contact and the blade also decreases, leading to more control. However, when the blade is level with the bottom of the tool then it will cease to cut!

The setup of the tool is therefore a matter of taste and also a tradeoff between coarseness of cut and control.


Price: £140.00 plus shipping
If you are not entirely satisfied, please return the tool for a full refund, including shipping.


Price: £96.00 plus shipping
If you are not entirely satisfied, please return the tool for a full refund, including shipping.

Chair Making Courses

No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.

Chair Making Book

Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.

Youtube Videos

Ben Orford makes the blades for my travishers.

Watch his short video about this great tool and the uses it can be put to.

Tool Testimonials

“This tool is phenomenal. I bought two, one for myself and another for my Windsor chairmaker instructor. Compared to the other travishers I have used, yours is very good to work with and everyone who has tried it loves it. I just ordered a second one and your two spokeshaves which I trust will be as enjoyable to use. Thanks again for making such great tools.” LG (USA) 2015

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