Gooseneck Scrapers are used on contoured surfaces. This set includes four scrapers: one large and one small scraper, each in two thicknesses, .020" and .032" Polished Swedish Spring Steel.
Scrapers can finish surfaces that are impossible to plane. However, if you work too long in one area, it is hard to control the flatness of the entire surface. A Scraping Plane is useful to use in combination with hand scrapers. Work difficult areas with the hand scrapers as needed; keep the surface flat with a Scraping Plane.
The thinner blade (.020") is quite flexible, and is great for scraping shorter, complex surfaces. The thicker blade (.032") will take a heavier cut, and is best for larger surfaces.
Before you use the scraper, it is helpful, but not absolutely necessary, to turn a burr on the edges. Use of a burr will give more aggressive cutting action. When burnishing a Gooseneck Scraper, you may need to use a round or curved face file to get into tight radii.
To create a burr, hold the scraper upright in a vise. Use a burnisher and begin by holding the burnisher at 90° to the blade, decreasing the angle with successive passes. Work the edge until you can feel a distinct ‘hook’ all the way across. Be very careful not to cut yourself on the upright scraper.
The Lie-Nielsen Hand Scrapers are made from premium, high carbon Swedish Tool Steel hardened and tempered to Rockwell 49-51. They will take a burr well and last a long time.
The scrapers are made of Spring Steel and will rust. Keep them lightly oiled and wrapped in cloth or treated paper when storing the scrapers between uses. We recommend Jojoba Oil, a plant based oil product that is non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use. Also, in our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light surface oxide from tool bodies and blades. Jojoba Oil and abrasive handblocks are available from us.
Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.