Post By jscpm
Post By L Vanice
Hand scraping books?
I have been looking into attempting to learn to hand scrape lately, but I don't have the time to travel to a class. So I was looking for any good self teaching materials, maybe books or videos anything like that. I also would need to make or buy the tools needed. If you know of any resources for tools either bought or how to build I would also be interested in that. What about surface plates? Are regular granite plates the norm or are marking plates a special grade? Where do I get the dye, any good brands? I am not looking to power scrape (yet) I figure first you have to get the basics down before using power tools.
Hand scraping books is a bad idea. It only works on metal.
I only know of one book, mentioned in this thread: For sale: Connelly's "Machime Tool Reconditioning"
Connolly's "Machine Tool Reconditioning" is the Bible. Michael Morgan also had a book, but I don't know if its in print. Google and search here. And as I remember, there are quite a few Youtube videos on scraping. LVanice beat me to the punch.
Michael Ward had been writing a great series of articles in Home Shop Machinist, and the quality and usefulness is very high (enough to be of interest to the folks on this site). I suspect that Village Press will turn this series into a little book. I hope so. If you want to order the articles, I suppose that you can order from Village press (800-773-7798, or write Nancy Whitten at email@example.com). Here is a list:
May/June 2011, Part 1, Basics, scraping a surface gage and lathe saddle
July/August 2011, Part 2, Creating scrapers from old files
September/October 2011, Part 3, Creating a carbide scraper
November/December 2011, Part 4, Creating a rotary lapping machine from a grinder
January/February 2012, Part 5, Finishing the rotary lapping machine, scraping rings, a wood plane, and a casting for an IC engine model
March/April 2012, Part 6, Scraping a shaper drive block, shaper vise, and toolmaker's block
May/June 2012, Part 7, Scraping a vee-block, starting to refurb a Chevalier tool and cutter grinder
July/August 2012, Part 8, Finishing up the Chevalier, scraping in a mill/drill table.
I find the articles useful, and full of good advice and ideas for techniques.
I have no affiliation with Village Press.
Use this link and scroll down to the links in post #38, download and save them. "The Art of Hand Scraping" by Robert R. Wade is an excellent primer on hand scraping.
I was pleasantly surprised to have stumbled upon a full pdf (1955?) version of the Connelly "machine tool reconditioning" book buried deep within google's search results one night not too long ago while I was trying to find a supplier for a used copy of the book. It's a monster work on scraping. I got about 100 pages in and skipped a bit ahead to the lathe bed section.
Not sure what the copy-write restrictions are, or if that publishing house is even still in business.... otherwise I'd post the pdf to the site.
Book for learners
Michael Morgan "Basic Hand Scraping"
Books for advanced users
"Machine Tool Reconditioning"
Michael Morgan video complements his book..... I recommend buying the book and video first.
Richard King video..... Some hand scraping, mostly power scraping... Also handy to have
Mike Stets video on rebuilding a bridgeport... Very little scraping (none really) pretty much all metrology...
Also none of the above are the absolute bible on how something must be done, there are many ways to skin a cat and the above media are very good guides but not absolutes...
"Machine Tool Reconditioning" is available from the publisher. Machine Tool Reconditioning for Machine Tools by Machine Tool Publications
I'm quite sure the copywrite is still in effect.
Thanks for the link, at some point I'll scoop a used copy up on ebay or buy the new one.
Originally Posted by beckley23
Funny you chimed in... Your "Wreck" thread is the reason why I started looking for that book. Is that book primarily where you learned the technique?
Yes, MTR is my instructor. In the mid '70's I was just getting started in machining as a hobby, and was having problems with an Atlas 6" lathe. A friend told me it needed scraping. I eventually came across an advertisement for the book, not knowing what it was about, ordered the book, and that was the start of my scraping education.