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How to use a two-handled cabinet scraper

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Step 1 – Clamp workpiece

Secure your workpiece in a vice or clamp, or against a workbench stop, ensuring that whole of the face or edge to be scraped is above the securing parts, giving free access to the workpiece surface.

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Step 2 – Place scraper on wood

Place the scraper on the surface of the wood and grab its handles with both hands.

Make sure the clamping screws are facing away from you.

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Step 3 – Angle scraper

Hold the scraper slightly skewed to start a cut.

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Step 4 – Scrape workpiece

Push the scraper away from you, to start scraping the surface of the wood.

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Step 5 – Finish off workpiece

Repeat the pushing of the scraper evenly along the surface where you want to create a smooth and even finish.

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Step 6 – Check smoothness

Make sure you have completely scraped the surface, checking for an even and smooth finish.

Use a steel rule to check the surface.

Step 7 – Satisfied or not

If you are not satisfied with the smoothness of the surface or if it is not even, focus on the areas that need more material removing.