Home made cabinet scrapers Project # 4

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At our Mason-Dixon workshops we made our own cabinet scrapers. You can read articles about the sharping process and you can watch videos but you learn by actually doing it—and working with others is priceless.

May not be all that exciting at first glance. The fun was in the making. This is my pair… I suspect we’ll get group session coverage of the workshop when someone gets the time. Anyway, the scraper at bottom is my own Stanley 3 X 5 card scraper. It was sitting in my tool box, rusty, and I had know idea as to how to use it or what I should do with it.

I learned to sharpen it at the workshop. It WORKS! Any tool steel will work. The top scraper in the photo is a 6.5 inch cutoff saw blade cut in half. I formed a better scraping edge on it than I did with my Stanley piece. It has a cutting edge on both sides of the stock. Karson brought in the wood handle blanks. We eased the edges and drilled mounting bolt holes. Of course, coming from Karson, it had to be an exotic wood… but I forgot the name… When time permits, I’ll sand a little and tung oil finish.

I have since used both of these tools and they work extremely well. Part of the workshop was trying them out and getting a feel as to what angle to hold to the work piece. Each scraper is a little different. Quiet a pleasure to see the dust form and the wood curl as you scrape a surface smooth.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#1 posted 07-17-2009 07:28 PM

this is a terrific Idea, I have a few saw blades that are beaten and I haven’t trashed them yet – this would be a great reanimation of the material, and making them into something useful. can always use an extra scraper or 2, or 3..

Thanks for the post!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 07-17-2009 08:03 PM


very cool!!

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#3 posted 07-17-2009 08:10 PM

Looks good a scraper is an invaluable tool.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 07-17-2009 08:16 PM

That’s some very smart improvisation!

Nice stuff.

-- No sane man will dance ~ Cicero

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#5 posted 07-17-2009 08:29 PM

Nice looking handles on those scrapers. Question: what curves the blade so it works?

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#6 posted 07-17-2009 08:41 PM

Great idea !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 07-17-2009 09:35 PM

I second ratchet question: how do you hold and use these? ususally you grab them in both hands and press the middle a bit. don’t see how it works with this kind.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 07-17-2009 10:24 PM

Ratchet: When I use these, given the blade edge you put on them when sharpening, that bend you are talking about does not seem to be needed. The approach angle is different for each one. And, if it stops working, you can easily remove the handles to give it a little bend. Both blades are flexible. Mine seem to work best on a pull stroke, but most of that is the user method more than the tool, I think.

Having said that… I am far from expert… But, the wood handle is a lot easier on the hands than blade alone.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 07-17-2009 11:06 PM

The scraper blades were cut from a used circle saw blade and it was cut into two using a skill saw with a metal cutting blade. Rodger used a wood block on a saw horse to hold the blade and keep it from moving and used the wood block as a straight edge to cut the blade straight.

The scraper portion was sanded flat on a belt sander or a flat piece of sandpaper held on the work bench. It didn’t take much to get it flat. It was then sharpened as normal in the class doing the burnish and bevel technique. When they were cut he cut just shy if the center hole so the scraper blade was as wide as possible.

The center piece was also cut into two pieces to make some small scrapers. So he got 4 scrapers from one saw blade.

-- 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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#10 posted 07-17-2009 11:58 PM

Karson… what was the name of that wood, again? Sorry, my senior moments are happening too often.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#11 posted 07-18-2009 02:12 AM

nice job

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#12 posted 07-18-2009 06:12 AM

Great project, I agree with PurpLev, can use those old blades lying around now. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 07-18-2009 03:07 PM

Nice job guys, I made some out of an old hand saw blade.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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