Some time ago Russ Runge and I did a joinery demonstration at
Ozark Heritage Day near Van Buren, Missouri and we each brought
some personal tools to use.
Russ brought a recent acquisition, a rosewood English card
scraper stock so I could show him how to use it.
I took one glance at it and told him he needed the other part,
the wedge. I told him that I would make him a boxwood wedge to
complete the scraper and make it function properly.
So, today I made the wedge to complete his tool. Making the thin
wedge is no easy task and it took me over three hours to get the
taper just right on a very small piece of boxwood. It turned out
like I wanted it to and it will further dress up a wonderful
How do I know it will fit his scraper stock? These scraper
stocks were all, regardless of maker, made based on the pattern
books of Sheffield.
Beyond the square is the subject card scraper stock. It could be
used without a wedge but from time to time the scraper blade
would slip in its stock and have to be repositioned. The wedge
helps hold the blade and prevents such slippage.
On the left is the card scraper stock wedge that I made. On the
are two complete Sheffield scrapers with original wedges in
This photo shows my replacement wedge with two original wedges.
This photo shows the replacement wedge in a scraper stock.
And this photo shows the replacement wedge in the other scraper
James E. Price