CABINET SCRAPER

http://www.woodzone.com/articles/scrapers/index.htm
Seems to pretty well cover it. A single edge razor blade will work, but a tad small in a lot of cases. And, I did a search, and didn't see a thing about the scraper should flex.
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On Feb 25, 7:53 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

I don't use scraper much except for glue cleanup. I have always held the scraper in a way that would allow me to flex a bit so that the corners didn't dig in if I didn't have perfect alignment.
Check this out... this is from the article you linked to:
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"The second trick is to bend the scraper slightly in the middle. (See picture to the right.) The easiest way to bend the scraper is to hold the edges and apply pressure to the middle. There are a number of commercial jigs that hold and bend scrapers for easier use."
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They even make flex holders that will keep the scraper at the perfect bend (you determine) when for your specific use.
Robert
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Mon, Feb 25, 2008, 7:00pm (EST-3) snipped-for-privacy@aol.com doth sayeth: I don't use scraper much except for glue cleanup. I have always held the scraper in a way that would allow me to flex a bit so that the corners didn't dig in if I didn't have perfect alignment. Check this out... this is from the article you linked to: <snip>
I'd just round the edges a bit. Eh, I've never heard of flexing a scraper, until on rec.woodworking. And I searched for flex, not bend. No biggie. I've never had any problems with a non-bendy scraper, which includes, glass, and knife blades. But, if you do want bendy, I don't see any reason why they won't work OK. Last time I can actually recall scraping anything was something probably around 12-13 years back, and for that I used glass - worked just fine.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net says...

I bought a Bahco 5 inch cabinet scraper from Rockler after seeing David Marks use on one his tv show a few times. It cost $7.00 and the results are very satisfactory. The finish on an oak jewelry box I made looks clean, square, and sharp. A lot of work, though.
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On Feb 25, 10:15 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

Isn't bending the scraper the same as skewing a plane?
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I don't think so.
Skewing a plane means to make your cut angle skewed to the surface grain, rather than to cut directly parallel or perpendicular. You do no physically bend the blade causing it to be misshapen. You still cut across the width of the blade.
When you literally bend the blade on a scraper, you actually flex the blade into concave shape, with the lower part of the curve on the surface you are scraping with the edges bent up. You only cut at the point of contact, the bottom of your flexed scraper, making the cut area much smaller and easier to control.
My 0.02, etc.
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wrote:

I realize that bending the scraper is primarily intended to keep the edges from digging in, but skewing the plane changes the effective angle of the blade, and that's what's happening when you bend a scraper. Ancillary benefit.
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Sounds good to me.
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wrote:

Convex.
It also prevents the corners from digging in.
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RicodJour wrote:

I understand the bend is done for the same reason we camber a smooth plane blade, to help blend each track with no edges digging in.
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Mon, Feb 25, 2008, 7:00pm (EST-3) snipped-for-privacy@aol.co did post: <all snipped>
ADDENDUM: In thinking, the only time I might opt for a flexible, or bendable, scraper, is if I were an instrument maker, and would need precise tools. Even in that event ho, I believe I'd prefer to just make specific shapped scrapers, rather than flex them. Be a bit time-consuming maybe, but I think it'd be well worth the effort in the end. That's if I make my own, if someone wants to donate any to me, I'll take what's offered, hank them, and use it.
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On Feb 25, 9:30 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

I think that is one of the reasons there are so many different shapes of scrapers out there now, including home made ones.
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On Feb 25, 10:30 pm, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

I bought several antique scraper planes.
Some of them had the irons ground to a crown.
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