Are scrapers good for removing woodfiller?

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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 11-26-2010 10:17 AM 1134 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2010 10:17 AM

To Finish my cabinet shelves, I applied, messily at best, some wood filler, as to provide a filler for a few of the gaps, so I dont have nails and such falling into holes, causing me a headache…

I basicly put on a rubber glove, and finger painted…

Afterwards, i took an old putty knife(its actually kinda like a knife…its old, I havent a clue if its actually a putty knife, or a knife-knife… since one of the sides has a bevel, and is kinda sharp..) and cleaned it up a little…

I then started to take a razor blade to it, but after nicking my fingers a couple times, I decided against it…

So I screwed it to a wooden block… it worked well, until it must have widened out, since it started turning….

So my question is, will a sraper, such as a glass scraper, work for my needs? I want to try to clean it up a bit, and I would rather not take the grinder to it(flap disk, thats my curent puedo-sander)... since not only is it noisy… in a cabinet, it will be deafening…


Else I might end up getting out a chisel…

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#1 posted 11-26-2010 03:49 PM

A scraper would do the job nicely.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 04:52 PM

What did you use for your filler? I use “Famowood” fillers for gaps, nail holes, etc. It comes in several colors which usually closely match the color of the wood.

I “finger paint” the filler onto the gap or hole leaving it a bit proud, then – after it dries – use my detail sander to sand it flush. It dries very quickly, so I can usually sand it within a few minutes after applying it.

It has the consistency of stiff batter, and you’ll need to stir it when you open the can. Work quickly and don’t leave the can open for more than a few minutes at a time. If it gets too “stiff”, add a small amount of acetone and stir it in. I’ve even salvaged cans that had completely dried out by adding a bit of acetone and leaving it sit overnight, then stirring.

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 07:49 PM

One of my scrapers accepts a single edged razor blade. That is what I use in tight areas. Otherwise, I use the scraper Barry showed.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 08:08 PM

I’ll go with Barry’s suggestion of using a paint scraper. A few strokes with a good mill file every now and then will keep a sharp edge and make easy/easier work of it.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 08:55 PM

I bought a razor blade one, thats small, for about a buck… works good… I then also have (never knew what it was) one of those ones you posted Barry.. 4 different knives.. .I use the fine one… It works well too…

I used some Elmers stuff… I had it liying around… I wasnt gunna buy something unless I had to.. but the acetone idea might help… another excuse to have flamible materials in my garage… lol…

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 09:19 PM

I use Red Devil-brand paint scrapers to remove glue squeeze-out and excess filler.

You might also do well with an ordinary card scraper … I have done that with good results on a couple of projects where the defects were small.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 09:33 PM

Everyone’s tool box should have a simple cabinet scraper – and it would be a good tool to use here.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 11-27-2010 02:49 AM

I would ditto daltzguy. Cabinet scraper works really well for me. Make sure you learn how to flatten it and put a small burr on it. You can google it and some sites are really ocd but you don’t have to have it down to the tens of thousandths of an inch just to scrape filler. They are amazing stuff. Great for working on wood with difficult grain, flattening finishes that has a little lump, scraping dried glue, in place of sandpaper, etc. I got the set with different shapes. Start with the flat one and as you get pretty flat switch to the one with a gentle curve so you don’t cut into the other parts. Just use the flat one if you are going to paint or finish it. Some put some pressure and bend the flat one to create a gently curve.

-- Wood Menehune, Honolulu

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