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Forum topic by Carloz posted 07-07-2017 02:57 AM 1670 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2017 02:57 AM

Cabinet scrapers seem to be very expensive for what they are. What will I miss if cut it out from an old hand saw?


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#1 posted 07-07-2017 03:03 AM

I made one from an old hand saw and it works ok. It’s a bit thick, though, so it isn’t as flexible as some of commercially available ones.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#2 posted 07-07-2017 03:15 AM

What will I miss if cut it out from an old hand saw?
- Carloz

You will miss that awful feeling that you wasted your money on something that you could of just made from an old hand saw for free.

You can make them from lots of different sources of various sizes and thickness… for example, you can use the pieces of a laminated core from an old transformer. Work great, are relatively flexible and easily form to curved profiles, and already have the burr on them since they are press cut.

Cheers,
Brad

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#3 posted 07-07-2017 03:23 AM



Cabinet scrapers seem to be very expensive for what they are. What will I miss if cut it out from an old hand saw?

- Carloz

Totally legit. I recall when that was pretty common practice decades ago. I do however recommend getting a good burnisher. I tried to make do with a screwdriver shaft for a long time, but it’s not the same.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 07-07-2017 04:31 AM



Totally legit. I recall when that was pretty common practice decades ago. I do however recommend getting a good burnisher. I tried to make do with a screwdriver shaft for a long time, but it s not the same.

- RichTaylor


Agreed. I tried using what I had but ended up buying a burnishing rod from Hock tools. totally worth it.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#5 posted 07-07-2017 05:29 AM


Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


Isnt transformer core too soft for that? Manufacturers do everything possible to make it as soft as possible so stamps would serve longer.

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#6 posted 07-07-2017 12:52 PM

A set of two card scrapers, one thicker one thinner is $15 from Lie Nielsen. That’s seems pretty neglible amount for how much you use them.

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#7 posted 07-07-2017 01:33 PM



A set of two card scrapers, one thicker one thinner is $15 from Lie Nielsen. That s seems pretty neglible amount for how much you use them.

- Logan Windram

+10 ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 07-07-2017 01:54 PM

I bought a pack of scrapers in the 90’s. Don’t remember what I paid for them, never gave it a second thought. Probably will never need more.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 07-07-2017 02:35 PM

To me, scrapers are wonderful tools that can do a lot of useful things. The only thing I don’t like about them is sharpening/prepping them (small price to pay for what you get however).

I’ll have to give Brads idea a try. I have a number of scavenged UPS transformers that would produce a nice pile of scrapers if they work as advertised. A bit of a pain to extract and delaminate, but then I’d have a pile of scrapers that could just be tossed after they become dull (no sharpening 8^)

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#10 posted 07-07-2017 03:54 PM

For $4, it’s not worth my time to buy an old saw and cut it up.

https://aboloxtools.com/search.php?search_query=cabinet+scraper

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#11 posted 07-07-2017 03:58 PM

I tried scrapers years ago and found them to be a pain in the ass to sharpen. Being an old model airplane builder I tried single-edge razor blades and found they work beautifully! I have scraped multiple cabinets with them and toss them when they get dull. But they seem to last a good while. I buy them 100 to a box for $5.00 (that a nickle per blade) at Harbor Freight (https://www.harborfreight.com/100-piece-industrial-quality-single-edge-utility-blades-39748.html). Most hardware stores carry them too, but at a higher price. Try ‘em!

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#12 posted 07-07-2017 04:37 PM


A set of two card scrapers, one thicker one thinner is $15 from Lie Nielsen. That s seems pretty neglible amount for how much you use them.

- Logan Windram

+10 ;-)

- HorizontalMike

+50, I paid $11.80 American for this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OS6124/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Use the heck out them. Oh yeah, got a burnisher too, as stated earlier.

-- My biggest fear is that when I am gone, my wife will sell my tools for what I told her I paid for them.

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#13 posted 07-07-2017 05:34 PM


Totally legit. I recall when that was pretty common practice decades ago. I do however recommend getting a good burnisher. I tried to make do with a screwdriver shaft for a long time, but it s not the same.

- RichTaylor

Agreed. I tried using what I had but ended up buying a burnishing rod from Hock tools. totally worth it.

- SignWave


Again, agreed on the burnisher. The card itself is the tool but home made or purchased, buy a burnisher. It’s what made all of the difference in sharpening it.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#14 posted 07-07-2017 05:57 PM

A good scraper, burnished and technique to make the hook.

Getting the right edge with a hook on the scraper makes a big difference. The hook will react totally different than the edge on a razor blade. A little practice makes a huge difference.

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#15 posted 07-07-2017 09:24 PM

The best instruction video I have found on sharpening a card scraper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwyo_yjkBn4

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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