In the beginning of 2017 I was asked if I wanted to participate in a scraping class with Richard King as the teacher.
While I knew the basics of scraping and rebuilding I decided to go to the class, as I knew that my scraping was very slow and also prone to time consuming errors. I was hoping that the course will give me confidence in the future to work faster and more precise when rebuilding machines or tooling.
The class was held in Denmark (A week later, a second class was held in Norway), and I had the opportunity to share a summerhouse with Mr. King, Jan – Who organized the course, and Marcus.
Different techniques practiced on the cast iron bars:
Until now, we where just practicing the handling of the scraper, using different techniques for roughing or finishing, trying to hit points and so on.
Now Richard showed us how to prepare the surface plate, introduced us to the Canode highspot blue, which is water soluble (And far less mess than the classic oilbased highspot blues like the (in)famous Dykem).
Hinging the part on the surface plate was also demonstrated and how to interpret the combination of hinging and the blued surface. Then we proceeded on to scrape the practice blocks flat: