What is a cabinet scraper?

 
     
     
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A cabinet scraper (sometimes called a 'card scraper') is a woodworking tool used for shaping and finishing. 

 
     
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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.

 
     
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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.

 
     
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The only cabinet scraper which is not formed from a single piece of material is the two-handled cabinet scraper.

 
     
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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.

 
     
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They are often used on furniture and musical instruments such as guitars and violins.

 
     
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Cabinet scrapers traditionally resemble a simple blade with no handle, but there are other, more complex designs available, which are explored further on.

 
     
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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.

 
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The wood from a broadleaved tree, such as oak, ash and beech, is known as a hardwood.

 
     
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Softwood comes from trees known as conifers (trees that bear cones), including pine, fir and spruce.

 
     
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