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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 05-01-2012 12:13 PM 1228 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2012 12:13 PM

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As a reward for good behavior, my wife bought me my first set of cabinet scrapers. I was able to get some fine shavings from it (need to turn a good burr on them still). My novice question is this :

How much curve should I put on the scraper while holding it? I’m going to make a holder for it, and would like to know.


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#1 posted 05-01-2012 12:42 PM

I dont think that there is a steadfast answer other than whatever feels cofortable to you and doesnt burn your thumbs. Im by no means an expert so just my thought. I find that when i really crank on them and bend em a lot the top corners dig into my index fingers.

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 12:49 PM

It is highly variable, depending on the wood you are scraping and the kind of grain it has.

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 12:50 PM

It varies with the cut ya want. The Lee Valley holder is the best I’ve seen (variable), but I often use just by hand.


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#4 posted 05-01-2012 12:51 PM

I would recommend using it some before making a holder. I made a couple of holders but never liked how they worked. They sit in a drawer unused. You can change how the scraper cuts by changing the curve.

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#5 posted 05-01-2012 01:52 PM

Angle of cut is a variable too.

Nice thing about this tool is you get instant feedback about your technique (and the condition of the cutting edge).

It’s an invaluable tool, certainly not used every day by many of us, but always rewarding when it’s employed.



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#6 posted 05-01-2012 03:22 PM

Scrapers are actually what got me in to hand tools (still mostly a power tool guy, though). I am a novice with them still, but I don’t put much curve in them at all, but that is usually because I am trying to take light cuts. I would echo the others who have suggested using it by hand first.

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 02:31 AM

I use my scrapers a lot more since I made holders for them. I made my holder with a bolt through the back and can easily change the curvature by tightening or loosening the bolt.

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