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    Looking for Best Heavy Bowl turning Scraper Opinions !

    I am looking for the best deal on a heavy thick as possible bowl scraper...Trying to decide what to get. I am sort of leaning to a Thompsom one but I know there are some thicker ones out there. Anyone got any suggestions? Thompsom are great tools ! Thanks !!!!

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    I'm not sure there is a good one out there. In fact, I considered trying to manufacture one. I have a brother-in-law in Illionis with a fairly large machine shop business. He could make them easily for me. But, sure nuf, some other name outfit would copy and undersell right away. Good luck, let us know what you come up with.
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    I have the Thompson 1 3/8" scraper and a Henry Taylor 1 3/8". Generally the Thompson is my go to. It seems to hold the burr a little longer.
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    Thompson makes awesome tools, but his scrapers aren't thick enough, in my opinion.

    I have one like this that I like (and use) a lot:

    http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merc...ools-pkrd-hdbs

    If 3/8" isn't thick enough, there's this one:

    http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merc...s-pkrd-exhdscr

    Frank, I'm curious what you'd do differently if you made a bowl scraper.
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    Forgot to say I bought a set of these for $75 at a garage sale and must say I kinda like them. The round bar lets them move on the tool rest really nicely and they do work well. http://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/st...acy_owen?Args=
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Thompson makes awesome tools, but his scrapers aren't thick enough, in my opinion.

    I have one like this that I like (and use) a lot:

    http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merc...ools-pkrd-hdbs

    If 3/8" isn't thick enough, there's this one:

    http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merc...s-pkrd-exhdscr

    Frank, I'm curious what you'd do differently if you made a bowl scraper.
    Not sure what I had in mind at the time. A bit wider might be what I was thinking of. Heavy, really heavy.
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    Wonder how the Sorby 1 1/2" wide by 3/8" thick are?

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    I have a thick 1 1/2" that I use made sheffield England-not sure who makes it - there is no name on it but its thick and heavy duty - Made my own long handle for it

    Question for Frank and others..............How would you want it made? how thick ? material?....... I was thinking the same thing as I have a friend that owns a small machine shop that I could get him to cut it for me and then I could just make the handle and grind my own angle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Turner View Post
    Wonder how the Sorby 1 1/2" wide by 3/8" thick are?
    Should work fine. How is the price of the Sorby compared to others in that size?
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    The cheapest place Ive seen on Sorby is $85 plus shipping at "The Best Things"...They do go as high as high as $114..I was just curious cause the Sorby one is 3/8" thick and some of the others are 1/4" thick.

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