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Forum topic by westside posted 11-23-2009 03:20 AM 885 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2009 03:20 AM

I have heard and read about using a “scraper” instead of sanding. What is a scraper and how do you use it? Can you find it in a big box store or a woodworking store?

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 03:26 AM

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 03:38 AM

I just bought a set from Rockler.
They are used to remove milling marks from your wood.
It’s kind of like if you have ever scraped anything with a razor blade, removes fine layer of wood surface.
Only bigger and better.
Sometimes nothing else is needed to “smooth” the surface of your wood.

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 04:49 AM

One note I would add is that while I do use a scraper I do not use it to avoid sanding. Sanding is an integral part of the preparation process. Scraping is the first step in preparing raw wood for finish. Its advantage is that it removes mill marks much faster than sanding but it does not replace sanding. You will still have to go through the sanding process to prepare the wood for finish.

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 05:28 AM

like Scott said – scraping has it’s place, and although it can reduce sanding significantly, it does not necessarily replace it completely. Scraping can replace the sanding process during joinery, and glue up, but in order to finish a piece – you’ll still have to sand it.

there’s a time and place for everything.

with that said – I do recommend learning to scrape, as it will help you avoid sanding prior to the finishing process.

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