Originally Posted by rhygin
KingGrump... nice pic/diagram. You have it exactly correct. The bit that I use takes a very small cut, though the AL "fence" is adjustable to take more or less. If you sharpen the scraper frequently, your are literally just "facing" the scraper. I do about 3 passes and done. Across about 105 sets of skis last year, I went through about .75 - 1.00" of scraper. I have not seen the EDGR unit disassembled, but it is what I tried to "re do."
rhygin, this sounds very good, to me. More what I'm wanting, I think.
I guess the 1/32nd" gap on the outfeed of the $150 unit explains why when I took my scrapers to a shop to get em sharpened, I got the ones with little edge scraper notches back without most of those notches. They'd been ~1/32nd" cut right off!
I've also realized I probably don't want a scraper that is too sharp, oddly enough (tho judicious removal of the probable bur(s) there through side bur sanding a la Chenzo, post #48, might possibly solve this too).
Scraping with a "too sharp" plastic scraper, it seems I start to get dry, bare places on my just waxed bases even before brushing, probably in places the base has become slightly high over time. Steadily using a "too sharp" scraper has led me to prematurely need a softer, "wetter" wax "renew" layer just to get all the base conditioned, wet enough again, before re-applying a harder cold weather wax, like what I need most often, and right now. Am I on the right track here, or missing something?
This is ideally, you understand. Not necessarily what I'd do everytime, but much more often on some skis with such a sharp scraper.
So I've also realized that I must be slightly barnishing my wax (or even bases slightly?), using a less than sharp scraper. Which is fine by me, I think, esp. for dry snow conditions: wax wet base, smooth, shiny and very fast.
I'm guessing I'd want to rig up some sort of dust catcher to use your design, rhygin, not sure. Maybe the light scrape releases too little dust to worry about.