Using a scraper to finish equalivent Grit rating?

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Forum topic by robscastle posted 08-13-2014 12:12 AM 1183 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2014 12:12 AM

I was using my scraper on some QLD Walnut and I found the scraper produced what looked like it was a higher equilavent grit to the 1200G I was using.

I the did a couple of tests to follow up my curosity to see if I could find out the answer myself

Shot No 1 using surface refelection as a gauge Timber on the left is Jarrah.

Shot No 2 using surface refelection as a gauge Timber on the right is Pine.

Surprisingly The results displayed something less than 1200 G if you used the refelection method as a reference

Using the calibrated finger the 1200 felt smoother than the scraper.

So is there and answer to this puzzle?

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-13-2014 12:18 AM

I’ve always felt like scrapers were in the 150 grit range. I’m sure they act differently on different woods and it depends on how well you have them tuned up and how good you are at scraping. I’d say I’m average and my scrapers are tuned pretty average as well.

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#2 posted 08-13-2014 12:56 AM

What difference does it make?

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#3 posted 08-13-2014 12:58 AM

I would have to agree with it all depends on how well it’s tuned and also it’s controller. I am still trying to get the hang of using a scrapper. I just recently purchased one and being new to it me and my scrapper can probably be outdone by a piece of 80 grit. Put that same scrapper in the hands of an experienced wood worker and the quality probably couldn’t be matched by a piece of sandpaper. I would say this is true for any hand tool that requires some kind of tuned/honed edge. I would also agree that different woods would respond different. I would say there is no magical formula for this except for figuring out what works for you just like you have done. You know what you can do with your tool the way you tune it.

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#4 posted 08-13-2014 01:50 AM

I skewed my scraper before I bought a low angle block plane and I sanded afterwards just to make myself feel better not because it needed it. That and I wanted to get rid of some Home Depot sand paper.

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#5 posted 08-13-2014 06:55 AM

Apples and oranges
a card scraper can take a 60 grit bite and leave a knife clean cut.

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 10:11 AM


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