Card Scraper Storage Tray

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Project by Mike Metzger posted 08-14-2014 02:39 PM 4009 views 11 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past year or so i’ve acquired quite a few cabinet scrapers as i’ve tried to figure out how to use them and put a hook on them. I used to think it was the tools problem when i couldn’t get a good shaving with it, so i would buy a different one to try. Now that I’ve figured out how to hone them to get a nice clean shaving with it, i needed a place to store all the scrapers i have acquired.

This was a very easy project that only took about 30 minutes plus finishing time. I used a scrap piece of Baltic birch plywood for the base and banded it with a scrap piece of African mahogany. i cut the plywood just wider than the widest scraper i had which was around 7″. I then cut it to around 6″ deep so i could fit around 12 scrapers in it at every 1/2″. I then cut a dado in the bottom every 1/2″ to accept the scrapers. i used my thin kerf table saw blade to keep it as thin as possible. The dado is about 1/2″ deep. You could also use a thin circular saw blade for this to get the dado even thinner. Once i had the dados cut, i cut the outside banding with mitered corners and glued them on. I then cut 1/2″ blocks off a scrap piece of mahogany for feet.

I then applied three coats of a wiping varnish which consists of 1/3 BLO, 1/3 Mineral Spirits, 1/3 Poly.

-- Mike -

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 02:47 AM

Very cool. You might be able to hang that on the wall too.

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 09:02 AM

Looks good Mike,
maybe you are the person to ask this question,

what is the grit relationship of a surface finish between using scrapers and using sandpaper?

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 12:49 PM

Hi Robert,

I think the grit would be determined a little bit on the angle of hook you put on the card scraper. If you put a 15 degree hook on the scraper it would provide a rougher surface. Generally this would be used for removing an old finish or to clean up heavy mill marks. If you put a smaller degree hook on the scraper (1-5 degrees) it gives you a much finer finish. You could go straight from scraper to finish in this case. I generally use the scraper for cleaning up glue lines and to clean up/even out marquetry projects before sanding. I go from the fine scraper to about 150 or 180 grit. The reason i use paper after the scraper is just to make sure i hit all the edges and get that consistency across the whole piece.

... At least that’s my opinion on scrapers. :)


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#4 posted 08-15-2014 04:54 PM

Mike, very useful project!
30 minutes…really? I can’t do anything in under an hour! To perhaps add to the conversation, the benefit of card scrapers is not measured by how their finish relates to a sanded finish. Rather it’s to understand the benefit of levelling a seam, removing glue, cleaning up a knot or burl, or removing deep gouge marks, etc. in a fraction of the time it takes to sand them out! If you hate sanding learn to put a hook and use card scrapers! I typically sand the entire project with 180 (endgrain 220) prior to finishing to ensure and even finish.

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