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10-31-2017 02:07 PM

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Well, after borrowing an old No 80 from CharlesA for a while, I realized this was a tool I couldn’t live without, so I recently purchased the Lee Valley cabinet scraper. I love this thing something fierce.

What I was interested in, for those who use them, do you use push or pull cuts with these? I find most people suggesting to use push cuts, but I’ve always pulled. This may have something to do with the fact that my workbench is my 4×8 assembly table and sits rather high, and I’m typically reaching across the short dimension to scrape glue-up’s, etc. The motion feels more natural, whereas pushing at that height gets me mixed results with more chatter.

Just curious, anyone else out there bucking the trend and using them this way?

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."


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#1 posted 10-31-2017 02:10 PM

I usually pull but you can use it either way. Whatever is comfortable..

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 10-31-2017 02:13 PM

Same here. I push or pull to give different muscle groups a break. Either way works just fine.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 10-31-2017 02:13 PM

Depends on the work. I use scrapers both ways but there is usually one or the other that works better in.each situation.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 10-31-2017 02:14 PM

I push it with a slight, forward-leaning angle; I believe pushing is the technically correct way. But, you’re right, I have seen it done both ways.

Mark

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#5 posted 10-31-2017 02:47 PM

Huh, interesting. I’m seeing a lot more folks on here talking about using pull cuts than I’ve seen demonstrating the tool in videos. Thanks for the feedback!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 10-31-2017 03:24 PM

Personally I find it works better for me to push. Unlike a plane, where you don’t need much downward pressure, I find a cabinet scraper works best with some downward pressure, which is easier for me when pushing than pulling. But do whatever works best for you.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 10-31-2017 03:31 PM

I pull. Seems to have more control for me. Really like the scraper. For certain things, it can’t be beat!

-- Pete

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#8 posted 10-31-2017 03:47 PM

On a push stroke, your thumbs can exert a more controlled pressure to the scraper IMO.

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#9 posted 10-31-2017 04:36 PM

Interesting. I found this pdf of instructions that came with the Stanley 80:
http://tooltrip.com/tooltrip9/stanley/stanmisc/80man.pdf

“The Cabinet Scraper is usually pushed but it can be pulled”.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#10 posted 10-31-2017 05:38 PM



Interesting. I found this pdf of instructions that came with the Stanley 80:
http://tooltrip.com/tooltrip9/stanley/stanmisc/80man.pdf

“The Cabinet Scraper is usually pushed but it can be pulled”.

- jdh122

Yup, similar thing was printed in my manual. I was just kinda curious as to what everyone here did.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#11 posted 10-31-2017 05:50 PM

I think I push it more often but do both.

I also pull Bailey style planes sometimes.

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#12 posted 10-31-2017 05:58 PM

I go fifty-fifty based on the work piece. Push and pull seem to work equally well, and they’re both useful depending on the orientation and size of the work piece.

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#13 posted 10-31-2017 09:07 PM

I push it, but with slightly more pressure on my right hand. In this way, the scraper curves slightly and before I know it, it’s reversed and I’m pulling it.

Nah, not really. I prefer to pull, but depending on the grain I’ll switch directions. It’s easier to swap the scraper around than reversing the board.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#14 posted 11-01-2017 06:17 PM

I may have given you the wrong information. I thought you were talking about the flat hand scraper that has cutting edges on 4 sides, not he plane scraper.

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#15 posted 11-01-2017 10:45 PM

From the sounds of the answers I think several of us were referring to card scrapers although I use my #80 clone both ways too.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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