Using a card scarper on edge grain/say no to sandpaper

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Forum topic by Luke2220 posted 03-30-2014 02:21 AM 1291 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2014 02:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: scraper edge grain cabinet scraper anti sandpaper no sandpaper heart pine

I’m building a coffee table out of 150 year old heart pine. I don’t want any sand paper to touch this thing at all (I hate sandpaper!). I’ve been using my scrapers quite a bit for finishing all the faces. Its leaving that glass smooth surface that I like. While I was finishing my table top, I decided to turn it on edge and try a lap with the card scraper on the edge grain. It didn’t work very well. The card scraper actually roughed up the surface for me. Wasn’t that much of a problem because I reached for my old (over 100 years old) Stanley Bailey #4 and it smoothed the edge back down like it should. Just curious if anyone has any tips on using a card scraper on the edge grain.


Because I know someone is going to say this, yes I was going with the grain.

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 02:25 AM

End grain? try files. Scrapers mess with end grain, especially
in softer woods. End grain prefers cutting angles of 45
degrees or less in hardwoods, and very sharp irons.

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 04:09 AM

I’ve got a low angle block plane for end grain. It’s that 3/4” edge of the table that the scraper roughed up. Thought it would be the same as the face grain.

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 04:26 AM

Oh. Pine doesn’t scrape well. Try razor blades. Card
scrapers with a hook are pretty aggressive for
softwoods. You can try a card scraper with no
hook as well. It doesn’t dig nearly as much.

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 11:58 PM

LA block or LA Jack will work a treat. Then for super smoothness, grab some shavings and aggressively rub them over the end grain to burnish them smooth.

-- Ben, England.

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