Custom Scrapers for Custom Work
Shopmade scrapers smooth tough-to-reach surfaces without dulling sharp details
Synopsis: Smooth ornery grain in tight spaces with shopmade scrapers. They are simple to make and come in handy when creating a profile with intricate details and crisp edges that would be ruined by sandpaper. Coves and fillets, inside corners, and beadwork all benefit from these tools. They also do a great job removing squeeze-out.
Few tools are as simple as a card scraper, or as versatile and effective. It’s just a rectangle of flexible steel with a fine burr for a cutting edge, but it can perfectly smooth the most ornery grain. I take that basic idea a bit further, making custom scrapers of all kinds. Typically these small tools, for working in tight places, have curved or angled edges, and most of the time no burr at all. These shopmade scrapers are some of my most useful tools.
Better than sandpaper What makes a scraper so useful…