Card Scrapers... Which way to go??

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Forum topic by iamwelty posted 01-31-2010 11:06 PM 985 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2010 11:06 PM

I’ve never used them, but have heard they can do amazing work… Is one brand better than another; Lee Valley, Veritas, Bauco… Is straight the way to go? Curverd? Size? Thanks for your input!!

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 11:21 PM

I have a couple different sets, brand don’t really matter. As for how to use them, I push and pull them depending on what the project and grain orientation is. Usually pull them at a slight angle to better cut the fibers. Hard to describe, best to watch someone using them I guess.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 11:27 PM

Check out this card scraper post by Todd. He has a video showing his approach.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 11:31 PM

As Dan said you can push or pull them with the center bent in the middle. I think Charles Neil has a you tube video on how to use them.

I found a link

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 12:39 AM

I’ve been using the Lee Nielsen set for a while, very happy with them. I’ve been finding that I get better results if I use it going from a 45 degree angle across the grain.

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#5 posted 02-01-2010 12:55 AM

When using a card scraper you might find that nothing happens, change the angle just a little and try again. The angle might be different each time you use them. It depends on the bur that you got.

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 06:27 AM

I don’t think the brand means anything, really. Even the Lie Nielsen’s are moderately priced. They sound real difficult to prepare but they really aren’t that hard. In fact, I just prepared one today. Filed the edges down, flattened the faces and the edges on a water stone then drew the burr. Key is go easy when turning the burr. You don’t need to use excessive force. I don’t have any curved ones but I can see where they would come in handy.

As for how to use, I am better at pulling than pushing. Be careful though, they can burn you. Scrapers build up a lot of friction and they can get real hot pretty fast.

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#7 posted 02-01-2010 03:01 PM

Thanks guys for the excellent suggestions!

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