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Using Scraper Tools

The following technique applies to both the Traviscraper and the Spokescraper:

  • Bring the brass nose, in front of the blade, into contact with the wood to be smoothed. Then rotate the tool backwards until you feel the blade touch the wood. This is the ideal orientation, with both the nose and blade in contact. The amount of cut can be adjusted by altering the pressure on the blade.
  • When the ideal position has been found push forward in a fairly slow and steady way. This should give a continuous shaving. This is much better than using a fast backwards and forwards motion, where contact is made with the wood when the tool is already moving. The slow and steady approach makes the most of the control that these tools give.

Traviscraper

Price: £145.00 plus shipping
If you are not entirely satisfied, please return the tool for a full refund, including shipping.

Spokescraper

Price: £100.00 plus shipping

Cleaning up a chair seat with the Traviscraper

Use a Travisher in the usual way, to produce a reasonable surface. Then use a curved card scraper briefly to remove the worst of any blemishes. Take the seat to raking light (sun if it is out!) and use a pencil to mark all high points and indentations. Mark the high points and put pencil lead into the low points. Then use the Traviscraper to remove all the pencil marks and the surface should then require minimal sanding.

Smoothing a spindle and the chair seat with a Spokescraper

The Spokescraper works on flat and convex surfaces as seen in the following two videos. It also produces beautiful surfaces on the edges of a seat, as seen in the images below.

Surfaces produced by the Spokescraper on the outside of an ash seat.

Brief sanding with 240 grit abrasive is all that is required.

Traviscraper

Price: £145.00 plus shipping
If you are not entirely satisfied, please return the tool for a full refund, including shipping.

Spokescraper

Price: £100.00 plus 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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