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Offline MN-Tommy

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Tillering Tools?
« on: August 21, 2008, 08:48:00 PM »
Hey, just about to start tillering my first bow, and I was wondering what the best tools to use are?  I have a Stanley Surform Rasp, a cabinet scraper and some hand rasps.  What other tools are necessary?

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Tommy
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Offline Buckeyehunter

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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 09:44:00 PM »
You'll need a triangle and chain saw file to work your limb tips and I really like using a farriers rasp for early tillering.

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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2008, 09:54:00 PM »
Actually, I do have both of the files.  Thanks.  I realized I have another question.  Do you know of any websites that have tutorials on how to use the cabinet scraper as well as sharpen it?

Thank you for the help,
Tommy
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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008, 10:10:00 PM »
Dean Torges has instructions about setting up and sharpening a cabinet scraper in his book,"Hunting the Osage Bow". Might be on his website also.
Its pretty easy...square up the edge with a flat file then burnish each edge at about a 2 deg angle(slightly off of flat). This will give you the burr you need.
   I have also just squared off the edge and used it that way.      Pat
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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 10:19:00 PM »
Once you realize it'a all about pushing a bur over the edge of the surface, it's pretty easy to setup a scraper. A few good books are always good to have around even if just for reference. Traditional Bowyers Bibles, Hunting the Osage Bow, The Bent Stick, ect.
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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2008, 10:39:00 PM »
Great, Thank you guys for the help, I appreciate it.

Tommy
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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2008, 08:38:00 AM »
Here is a link...

"A better way to sharpen scrapers"

 http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniquearticle?id=14549

The site seems to be down right now, I thought I had it in PDF some where.


Sounds like you have all the tools covered.

Might check this out also

 http://www.bowyersedge.com/organic.html

and

 http://www.bowyersedge.com/bow_tools.html
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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2008, 08:44:00 AM »
Here's a short and incomplete pictorial I did.
  Cabinet Scraper Treatment  

The thing missing is the burnishing which should not be overlooked.  You can burnish by using a smooth round tool that is harder than the cabinet scraper.  A high speed drill bit works great.  Spray a little WD-40 on it and burnish the scraper edge at a 90 degree angle with moderate force.  Then tip your burnishing tool to one side by about 5 degrees and make a nice smooth hook.  10 or so passes back and forth are all that are needed.  

I marked the hook side with a touch of epoxy for a guide when I am tillering hot and heavy and can't be bothered with trial and error scraping  :)

Here's my   Tillering 101 Pictorial
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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2008, 03:22:00 PM »
Thank you so much guys, I'm glad I have some experienced bowyers around to help.

Thanks again,
Tommy
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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2008, 10:00:00 PM »
for starting out one of the main tools is a tillering tree & scale.


You can use a pocket kife to scrape wood

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Re: Tillering Tools?
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2008, 07:34:00 PM »
Search Utube for "cabinet scraper sharpening". I found a video there that was very effective. Its not at all as complicated as it sounds. Takes about five minutes per edge.

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