We use these useful tools for finessing spindles and even for paint stripping of spindles if needed. They can be sharpened over and over for decades and they will work better than anything of you have awkward grain. You can create just about any radius you want with just a round file and the tool takes only a few minutes to make.


  1. Maurice Villari on 14 May 2015 at 4:54 am

    Excellent video. I have been wondering how to do it.
    Could you use the plates of some of the blunt non-resharpenable saws?

    • Paul Sellers on 14 May 2015 at 5:17 am

      You can indeed. That’s a good use for them.

  2. Mark on 14 May 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Perfect timing – just starting on some chairlegs. And I happen to have received two scrapers in a packet that was meant to contain only one. So, a no-cost tool: the best sort!

  3. Bobbie on 14 May 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Great !!!

  4. Chris Bunney on 14 May 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Another wonderful “poor man’s” tool! I look forward to turning a few card scrapers into chair devils. Thanks for another informative video, Paul.

  5. johnnie skears on 14 May 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Great video, clear instruction, thank you Paul

  6. Colin Williams on 18 May 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Improvisation at its best – thank you Paul.

  7. Jeff Polaski on 16 April 2016 at 8:03 pm

    This morning I needed to countersink four bolts to hold a tray o my bench. Darned if I could find that counter sink for the drill, but, lo and behold, here was a hand operated countersink with a nice big visible (important attribute) handle. Two minutes later, four countersinks in the bolt holes, just the right size. and, do you know, my wrist was stronger for the cup of coffee afterward.

    Thank you for pointing out that you filed the half moon cutting edge in the end of the rectangular scraper plate. I’ll probably save enough for another but larger cup of coffee to hoist with my stronger wrist.

    Funny thing how when a task shows up in the shop (the countersink and the tapered walking cane staff, Paul Sellers already has provided the solutions. Ciao, my friend.

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