Homemade Cabinet Scraper

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Project by Charles Mullins posted 09-05-2008 08:20 PM 5656 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well folks I’ll have to admit at being kind of clumsy at times. I dropped my Stanley #80 cabinet scraper on the floor and broke it. I used it a lot.

So it was an opportune time to try making a scraper, like I had considered doing before. I tried making one printed in a Fine Woodworking planes and scraper book.

The first one was a flop. It chattered and didn’t do so well. It had the blade at an 85 degree angle. I tried resharpening the blade and such but it didn’t work so well, so I tried another scraper in the same book.

After completion I tried it and it worked very well. It has a 65 degree blade angle. Since it worked so well I decided to put on a long wearing sole. I had some brass sheet that I put on it with modified brass nails. You can see where I was overzealous in driving the brads in but it’s OK. I believe I’ll put in a screw in the back to arch the blade some for more aggressive cuts.

A reason I like it so well is that the sole is large and it really helps in keeping the scraped area flat. Sure does work well

Now that I consider the time and materials I think I have maybe $80.00 invested in it and I can buy a new #80 for about $55.00 or close so maybe it wasn’t worth it. Nah! It was worth it!!!

Next will be a special scraper for cleaning up a cove I use a lot on Grandfather clock mouldings and for a crown moulding I use often.

Charles Mullins

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 09-05-2008 08:50 PM

Very interesting…sometimes worth isn’t measured in terms of money.

-- "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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#2 posted 09-05-2008 09:15 PM

I really like this project. I’m always impressed when you guys can add a little metalwork into a project, even if its simple. Too bad you didn’t gorrilla glue it on, you’d have a contest entry! Nice job.

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#3 posted 09-05-2008 09:34 PM

It looks great. What is the wood?

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Charles Mullins

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#4 posted 09-05-2008 09:59 PM

The wood is walnut. Not hard enough to wear a long time without the shoe.

It feels real good to use a tool you made yourself especially if it works well.

Charlie Mullins

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#5 posted 09-05-2008 10:23 PM

Excellent. Some of us have to make our own tools or woodworking aids & pass on the know how or woodworking could become a little known skill down the road just like needle & thread crafts.


-- Lee

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#6 posted 09-06-2008 10:57 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 09-07-2008 12:22 AM

sure looks like a “specialty item” .. very special indeed :)

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#8 posted 09-07-2008 05:54 PM

Neat project. I love handmade tools.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 09-19-2011 08:28 PM

Hi Charles, what did you use for a blade? Did you use and old piece of hand saw blade?

Also how did you grind the blade? Like a card scraper or like a cabinet scraper with the 45 degree grind?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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