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Forum topic by seriousturtle posted 05-08-2009 02:09 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2009 02:09 PM

I was just making a few cutting boards to improve some areas in my woodworking and came across a shiny new set of scrapers that were never used. After my last glue-up, I had to do some heavy sanding. I felt the top of the boards, which were flat, but not perfect. I could feel the lines between the wood. I used a plain scraper for (I kid you not) less than a minute, and the top was glorious. Even brought my wife out to feel the difference. Just thought to let the jocks know that I’m a scraper believer. ~the turtle

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#1 posted 05-08-2009 05:12 PM

I became a believer just recently myself. Really, all you have to do is use a scraper correctly just once to know that there is something better and easier than sandpaper. I didn’t even own one until I watched a couple videos on LJs.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 05-08-2009 05:31 PM

welcome to the cult… I find myself only using sandpaper to sharpen blades, in between coats of finish, and some unusual spots that nothing else can reach. other than that – it’s all about planes and scrapers… much easier, and gives a far superior finish.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 05-08-2009 05:43 PM

Scrapers work great once you get the hang of them

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 05-08-2009 07:00 PM

I can agree with this sentiment. I’m still learning how to put a decent burr on mine and already they are outperforming sandpaper.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#5 posted 05-08-2009 07:20 PM

officially baptized.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 08:04 PM

Sandpaper, steel wool and abrasive pads work by scratching.
Planes and card scrapers work by cutting.

I learned about card scrapers from by Grandfather and Great Uncles about 40 years ago.
For them, card scrapers were an economical alternative to the expensive and hard to find sandpaper of their time. Besides, it was a tradition in their woodworking practices. Plus, the card scrapers created a better finish, with less work, less expense, less dust.

Ancient wisdom becomes your own when you self-discover this important skill.

-- 温故知新

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#7 posted 05-08-2009 08:22 PM

I love useing scrapers, I just hate putting the burr back on. Though I’m getting better at it, it’s still a pain some times. But boy, once you do get that good burr on it, there’s nothing better.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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