What is a cabinet scraper?
|A cabinet scraper (sometimes called a ‘card scraper’) is a woodworking tool used for shaping and finishing.
|The name ‘cabinet’ is used because scrapers are versatile and important tools for cabinet makers.
‘The ‘scraper’ part of the name is used because they are used for scraping.
|The name ‘card scraper’ comes from the tool’s shape, which resembles a card.
The body and the cutting edges of most cabinet scrapers are formed from a single piece of material. The blades are created on each edge of the body.
|The only cabinet scraper which is not formed from a single piece of material is the two-handled cabinet scraper.
|Cabinet scrapers are used manually to scrape small amounts of material from the surface of wood – to smooth it, shape it, or remove an old finish from its surface.
|They are often used on furniture and musical instruments such as guitars and violins.
|Cabinet scrapers traditionally resemble a simple blade with no handle, but there are other, more complex designs available, which are explored further on.
|The tools can be used on hardwood or softwood – but when using a cabinet scraper on any wood, you should generally work along the grain.
Scrapers are used in the same way for both softwood and hardwood.
|The wood from a broadleaved tree, such as oak, ash and beech, is known as a hardwood.
|Softwood comes from trees known as conifers (trees that bear cones), including pine, fir and spruce.