Cabinet Scrapers for Finishing Marquetry

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Forum topic by davidtr3 posted 02-11-2016 04:12 PM 841 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2016 04:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: marquetry card scrapers finishing marquetry question

Hi Fellow Marquetarians,

I typically use a card scraper to remove tape and smooth my marquetry. Occasionally, I get out some sandpaper and do some “micro sanding,” but scraping is my preferred choice.

I wont give up the card scraper, but I’ve considered adding a few tools specifically for final prepping my work. If anyone has experience with the following, I’d love to hear about it. I am looking at the:

1) Veritas Cabinet Scraper
2) Kunz #80
3) Veritas Scraping Plane

Again, my post specifically pertains to finishing marquetry.

Happy Cutting,

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#1 posted 02-11-2016 05:17 PM

My Stanley #80 scraper is a “must have” tool in my plane arsenal. Solid, stupid simple, inexpensive.
Paid $20.00 for new-in box with extra iron. Look around for one. You won’t be unhappy.


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#2 posted 02-11-2016 10:39 PM

I will second that….. on the stanley #80

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 10:58 PM

Hi David,
I have used cabinet scrapers on marquetry but have mixed feelings about it. I have had tiny pieces damaged by a scraper and sometimes soft, stringy woods like poplar will not fare as well as harder ones. My preference is to remove paper, tape etc with water and a razor blade (teeny tiny cabinet scraper I guess) and use veneers that are all very close to the same thickness to avoid discrepancies that can’t be dealt with by hand sanding.
I have however occasionally used my drum sander. That can be a little scary….

I realize that your question is about choosing a scraper plane so I will add my recommendation. I built this one a couple of years ago and love it. It is apparently a wooden version of the previously mentioned Stanley #80 and is fitted with a blade from Ron Hock.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 02:01 PM

Thank you all. I may look for a #80 or the Veritas version. Nice scraper Paul. When I first started out, I spent the day making a Louis Cube panel, after which I quickly sanded through it using a palm sander. I hung the panel on my wall as a reminder. It was not the sort of practice I enjoy.

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#5 posted 02-12-2016 02:35 PM

Been there, done that. No fun.
That is one of the reasons that I now use 1.5mm (1/16”) veneer on my important projects. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 02-14-2016 05:09 PM

Agree with everyone else concerning the #80. The Veritas scraper plane is an excellent tool with more adjustability than the #80, and a lot more $. I consider it a luxury tool, but it works great once figured out. I have a review of it on LJs which includes a few recommendations on set up and slight modifications.

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 02:35 AM

I have the Kunz #80 and sharpened to a razor edge I scrape diagonally against the grain with no tear out.I love it.

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