These fine tools are the result of collaboration between Jason Breach, one of the country's leading woodturners, and the well respected Sheffield toolmaker, Henry Taylor. Jason is a tutor in our Skill Centre here in Axminster and many students over the years have experienced first hand Jason's enthusiasm, skill and passion for woodturning. Jason specialises in box making and for many years has felt the need for some tools that you just can't obtain off the shelf. So Jason went about adapting some of his existing tools and they worked so well that he was encouraged to let others benefit from their use. These tools are now available, each playing a role in the production of a typical turned lidded box.
The 3/8" square ended tool works in a similar way to the round nose tool and shares the same negative rake grinding but in a different profile. The shape of this tool makes it perfect for the transition from the side of a box into the base area. It can be difficult to achieve a good finish using conventional tools and this tool leaves a great finish on both the sides and base of a turned box. The left side of the blade looking from above is undercut and used for refining the box sides, and this angle is repeated at the nose of the blade for the end grain of the box base.
26 April 2018
The Henry Taylor "Jason Breach" box scraperI saw Jason do a demo at our club using this tool and he used it to great effect. Although dubious at first, I purchased one from him. When at home I diligently followed his honing instructions and set to work on the inside of an ash box. Verdict: brilliant! I never thought I would get such great results from a negative rake scraper.