Card Scraper vs Scraper Plane

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Forum topic by BigMig posted 08-07-2013 03:35 PM 1952 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-07-2013 03:35 PM

There’s a lot of discussion going on in another thread about card scrapers. I’ve (finally) developed a little skill and confidence with a card scraper and recognize what a great tool it can be.

But if I use a card scraper a lot, my hands/thumbs get fatigued and sore. Does a scraper plane achieve the same results? What are the benefits/tradeoffs between the two tools? Is one better for certian types of wood, or in certain situations?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 08-07-2013 03:40 PM

Great question, and I’m in the same boat as you… Handy now at sharpening a card scraper, but looking to add a no 80 to my collection. I look forward to the replies!

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#2 posted 08-07-2013 03:40 PM

I use both. The card scraper can be used to attack a tiny area the size of a dime, the scraper plane covers a much larger area. If you want to give your thumbs a break, Veritas makes a scraper holder that does the flexing for you. I’ve had one for a while and it works nicely.,310

I don’t remember it being so d@$%ed expensive though. If you look up cheap in the dictionary, you’ll see my picture. I’m sure I didn’t pay that much for mine. I think if you google/bing/yahoo or ask Jeeves you might find plans for a shopmade scraper holder that isn’t so obnoxiously overpriced.

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 03:44 PM

card scraper has a better reach to corners and tighter areas that a plane can’t access.
plane addresses larger area and is faster to dress an area with

try putting less flex on the card so you don’t overwork your finger/thumbs. you just need to flex it “enough”, but not so much that it’s a workout.

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 07:48 PM

From the sound of it you are using a scraper a significant amount, probably on larger surfaces. If the surface provides the room, a #80 cabinet scraper or a scraper plane will not only relieve your hands and fingers, it will do a superior job of flattening a surface vs a card scraper. I use all manner of scrapers depending on the surface location/shape/orientation and the type of work. The negative to scraper planes is cost and there has to be room to use them (A #80 can be had for <$20 though). They also can snipe at the trailing edge until you learn how to use them.

The #80 gets used for the “dirty jobs”: clearing panel glue joints, cleaning off a weathered surface before planing (dirt, rocks, etc that brushing/vacuuming doesn’t get), scraping off old finishes, etc. I’m lucky enough to have the Veritas small and large scraping planes, so I use them for finishing jobs and some finish removal, but a #80 will finish scrape very well. There is a learning curve in sharpening, burnishing, and using these tools, but they work great. Burnish a hook on the blade, and remember they are for whisper thin shavings. Most of the trouble people have with these tools is not adjusting them for a fine enough cut.

I also have the veritas card scraper holder, a very nice tool. The amount of blade flex can be adjusted, no heat gets to your hands, and it is far easier on hands and fingers. I don’t use it a lot, because I use the scraper planes instead whenever possible. I plan the project out to use the planes as much as possible, then the holder, then bare handing a card or curved scraper.

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 08:06 PM

The 80s are great. I keep two ready for action

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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