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Forum topic by bigike posted 05-21-2011 06:27 PM 2233 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2011 06:27 PM

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I just wanted to know what’s the best scraper set to get. To me they all seem the same besides the sizes and thicknesses also the shape, but I want to get the regular old rectangle ones but just need some info from my fellow woodworkers here at LJ to help me decide which are the best ones toget? I have the clifton set I forget where I got them from but long story short they got wet and rusted and look ugly they do still work but I want a new set.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 06:36 PM

I’ve got both the Bahco and LN. I don’t notice an appreciable difference between the two. If I had it to do over again, I’d buy the Bahco’s and a nicer burnisher than I have. Paul Hamler makes scraper blades out of old saws and he’s perhaps the master of scrapers. Once you master hand scraping, you should look into a stanley #81; I seem to use it first, then cleanup with the card. Good luck.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 06:37 PM

If the clifton set you have still does the job you need done. Just clean them up a bit, it will cost you a lot less than buying new ones, and I am betting you already have some very fine sandpaper, steel wool and WD40 sitting around somewhere.
But then I am in cheap skate mode at the moment due to some unexpected expenses.

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 06:49 PM

Bahco for me. I made my burnisher from a wrist pin for an engine overhaul. Very hard and free.


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#4 posted 05-21-2011 07:42 PM

I bought the Veritas set a few years ago, and it has served me well.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 07:45 PM

This is a very personal decision. For me, a card scrapper is a “feel thing”. When you have the angle and any bow in the card just right, it “feels right”. Some cards are thicker than others and some are more flexible than others.

In my experience, there is very little difference in the ability of a card scrapper to take on a good edge and keep it. The differences are in thickness and stiffness. I like my Bahco but I will not tell you what is right for you. None of them cost very much so you can afford to buy (or borrow) 2 or more and decide for yourself what feels right to you.

Advice – Make sure you know how to put a good edge on your scraper before judging it. In my opinion, you want a burr but it should be a very small burr (especially for a beginner). You should be willing to touch the edge up regularly.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 07:54 PM

I like my scrapers to have flex and prefer thin ones for this reason. I have found large scrapers like the Clifton too large. For very fine work like the purfling on violins I find it best to use old Zona saw blades which are super-thin and take and hold a good edge. I have several old scrapers and find them still better than modern ones. Bahco have proven best for me.

-- Paul Sellers, UK

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 08:52 PM

I have about 15 scraper cards and tools… but I am a joker of making do … I have thick ones I use for flattening with one hand, tiny ones for in corners, thin ones for curved pieces and glass smooth surfaces. I have holders and burnishers, but I have many sharpening techniques for the job at hand. I have old chisels, planer blades, and kitchen knives I have turned into scrapers. I have old rust pocked ones that I use for removing paint and old finish, rough edged scrapers are really handy. I dislike making dust.. no dust collection in my studio, and I have allergies to black cherry and black walnut (it REALLY sucks!), so I use scrapers a lot, I sharpen them four or five times during a days work. I recommend getting cheap ones and learning how to sharpen spring steel. One of the first things I do with a newbie is a “scraper 101” lecture and show. I find new uses for scrapers all the time, and saves me $$$ on sand paper.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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