Sharpening a cabinet scraper

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Blog entry by Skip posted 06-13-2008 07:23 PM 5966 reads 18 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone asked me to post this video on this site, so here we go. It is my idea of how to sharpen a cabinet scraper. If I am all wet, please let me know.

-- Skip....

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#1 posted 06-13-2008 07:40 PM

Thanks for this blog Skip. Well Done!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 06-13-2008 11:27 PM

Good clear description. Thanks for the video.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 06-14-2008 12:40 AM


Nice video and instruction. I like the tip on honing with some wet/dry sand paper. I’ve generally honed my scraper with a water stone after every few of turns of a new burr. I’ll have to give the sand paper method a try!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#4 posted 06-14-2008 12:56 AM

Another great video THANKS!!!!!

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#5 posted 06-14-2008 08:54 AM

Great video, thanks for sharing it with us!

The only difference between what you did and what I was taught is that after squaring the edge, I put the scraper down flat on the bench and run the burnisher over the scraper a few times, holding it level (I rub some oil on the scraper first). What this does is it makes “bat ears” on both sides of the scraper – a burr that is parallel to the flat face. Then I put the scraper in the vise and push those bat ears down by running the burnisher over it at a 5-degree or 10-degree angle (just enough so that I don’t hit the other bat ear).

Your way is much quicker, and looks like it does the trick just fine. I think the way I was taught makes bigger burrs for scraping, but takes longer to do. In the end, maybe it’s the same difference as to time invested.

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#6 posted 06-14-2008 11:51 AM


This is a nice video. I have tended to struggle with getting a good edge on my scrapers. But I will try your process and see if it improves my technique.

You produced an informative video that is clear and easy to follow.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 06-14-2008 02:38 PM

Thanks Skip.

I have just started using a scraper and when I am able to get my scraper sharpened just right, it is a great tool.

Your video is informative and gives me some ideas of how I might improve my sharpening. I find watching a video along with the narrative fits my learning style.

Thanks for your effort in producing the video and sharing your methods.


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#8 posted 06-14-2008 04:51 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 06-14-2008 05:12 PM

Cabinet scrapers are great. Thanks for the quick tune-up and sharpening instructions.

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#10 posted 06-16-2008 01:44 AM

great video skip, i’ve been having a bit of trouble sharpening card scrapers so i think that i might try this sharpening technique out. thanks for the post!

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#11 posted 06-17-2008 01:32 AM

Excellent blog Skip. Thanks for sharing. do you have any tips for a curved & goose neck scraper?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 06-23-2008 07:21 PM

Thanks skip, with a thousand gadgets on the market to do that work, I’m trying your method. Great video and clear details. I want to use a scraper more but the one I have is dull – so I’m off to the shop to try this out as soon as I get the chance!

-- God bless! Freddo (Northern - NJ) Our Creator designed us to create - so use WOOD!

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#13 posted 06-28-2008 02:53 AM

good video thank you AL


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#14 posted 07-28-2008 02:20 AM

Skip great video on a tool that is many times ignored. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 08-09-2008 01:45 AM

Good demo,thanks—-makes the process look easy. Now for me to sharpen my scrapers


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