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shawn rackley

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Getting my first stave of Osage sometime this week. It is not all that seasoned yet, it was cut down in March of 2018. It has been debarked. I plan to go ahead and chase a ring on the back and maybe rough out to kinda speed up the drying process. My question is. I'm told I need to shellac the back after I get it to one ring, do i also need to shellac the ends? I only have a draw knife, i don't have a scraper yet. None to be found locally and haven't had the chance to order one. Can I chase to a single ring with the draw knife then shellac it and at a later date use a scraper to remove the shellac and finish the back fine work with the scraper? Or should I just wait till I get a scraper? Which could be a good while. And I would like to get it drying and ready asap. Any advice or tips would be very helpful. This is my first attempt pretty much. And don't really know all the ins and outs.
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You can go ahead and chase a ring without a scraper, just leave the spring growth on the final ring and put the shellac over the entire back. The wood is probably still a little green, if you rough out the stave into near bow dimensions and put it in a dry place, it will be ready to work when you get the rest of your tools. Just a little wider and thicker on the limbs. You can reduce the handle when it’s dry. A cabinet scraper and a good rasp are all you need. I like a spokeshave but it isn’t necessary. Learn how to sharpen the scraper, you tube can show you the way.

If you don’t work it down you should shellac the ends. Keep us posted on your progress.
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I would let the stave sit for a week. Allow it to acclimate to your area.
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Shawn...lots of things can be used as a scraper, including a pair of scissors.
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Thanks for the advice guys. And thanks for the tip on the scissors chuck. That will come in handy.
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A piece of glass will also work as a scraper, but be careful.
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Glass cut in a straight line was an old cabinet maker's scraper. Yes, be careful and wear gloves.
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I bought an osage stave 4  years ago, still under my bed. Have not had the guts to dive in and do something.
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Any progress on this?
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