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Forum topic by TuckerFan posted 03-08-2012 04:17 PM 1525 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2012 04:17 PM

If this is a dumb question, I will swear someone hijacked my screen name without my permission. Here goes, as a novice woodworker, I somewhat understand the sand, stain/seal. then sand with finer grit and stain/seal again, then repeat for at least a third time with even finer grit. When should I use the cabinet scraper? When I have used the scraper, it seems that it produces a much smoother finish than even my finest grit sandpaper. Am I not sanding properly? Am I not using fine enough grit? When in that sand-finish-sand-finish sequence should I use the cabinet scraper?

-- I...I..have a...a...wood problem

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 04:24 PM

I typically use card scrapers before the sandpaper even comes out … means less sanding and who really likes to sand? I wouldnt use a scraper between coats .. stick with your 320 – 600 grits.

If youre using hardwoods the scraper should give you a level of finish that does not need to be sanded. Soem times on softer woods the scraper will dig in on the corners and need to be sanded out.

thats my small change on the topic.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 04:30 PM

Thank you. I may forego about 90% of the sanding, except for tight corners, and learn to use the scraper set. The lack of sanding necessary on hardwoods is a point I must have missed in high school wood shop class. I’m too old to be learning some of this stuff. Thanks again.

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 04:42 PM

I like using a scraper too.. It takes tooling marks out better than sandpaper and depending on how you’ve burnished it, can either remove material like mad or put a butter-smooth finish on it. I also use a scraper to take of finish from pieces that have to be redone or in spots where there might be a bubble/streak.

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 05:21 PM

scrapers are a different process, if you’re good enough with a scraper, you don’t need sandpaper, that is unless you want to put stain on it.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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