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10-25-2010 04:58 PM

I am going to hand scrape my oak floors and am having difficulty finding out which scraper is the best for this job I know this doesn’t belong here but I asked on refurbers and didn’t get a response. Maybe someone here can help


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#1 posted 10-25-2010 06:09 PM

That would be a lot of work. Why not use either a random orbit sander or one of the commercial sanders that your can rent.

I just did my daughter’s floor with the commercial sander that I rented from Home Depot. It did a great job, no dust, and easy to use.


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#2 posted 10-25-2010 06:20 PM

If what you are looking for is the “gouged” or “scooped” texture on the surface, I think the way to go would be to use a scrub plane, which has a convex blade and sole. It is usually for initial flattening if roughsawn wood then followed with a “Smoothing Plane” to get a flat and smooth surface. But if you wan the texture, Use the scrub plane and then use oue of the big disk floor buffers with the ‘heavy duty’ scotchbrite pad which will knock down any sharp ridges and smooth things without resanding them flat.

good luck, that will be a J-O-B job to do that by hand.

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 07:41 PM

Using a hand scraper would REALLY wear you down long before the floor. Plus they get mighty warm. However, I understand why you might want the look of hand scraped floor. I would suggest a Lee Valley scraper, either the scraping plane –,310&p=48431 – or the cabinet scraper –,310&p=46266 . Best would probably be to have it sanded down then go over it to give it that hand scrapped look. Let us know what you eventually do.

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 08:12 PM

I’m a big fan of using scrapers versus sanding. However, I cannot imagine hand scraping a floor. That would be a lot of on-your-knees work. If you still want to do it, I think you would be happier with a scrapper plane as opposed to a card scrapper. There are very few on the market but Veritas and Lie-Nielsen make a few. Here is the Veritas,310&p=48431

You can also find used ones on e-bay. There are some used Stanley scraper planes on e-bay but I don’t think they sell new ones any more.

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 09:32 PM

If what you want is the “hand scraped” flooring look popular in Dallas, I recently had this done. Here are the steps.
1. Lay oak flooring.
2. Sand smooth
3. Wet small area with spray bottle to soften the grain
4. Scrape cross grain with a paint scraper on a 2-3 ft handle
5. Repeat steps 3&4, sharpening the scraper regularly
6. Varnish with 3-4 coats of thinned polyurethane
This gives a finish that looks like an old floor, worn by age.

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