For generations cabinet scrapers have been the magic tool of woodworking.
A sharp scraper will produce shavings much like a plane and can shave in an
extremely localized area. Cabinet scrapers are finishing tools and are used
primarily to smooth small areas of a panel. While some people love to scrape whole
panels their biggest use in scraping small areas. A small dip in the wood that
cannot be reached by even the smallest plane could be sanded out. But a seconds
scraping with a cabinet scraper will smooth the area and save hours of sanding.
The cutting edge of a cabinet scraper is formed by rolling the edge or the
scraper over to form an almost microscopic hook.
Sharpening a scraper is one of those things that can seem extremely difficult
until you learn how. Then it's second nature. Here is a link to a site that
We carry a wide variety of burnishers for sharpening scrapers
as well as a very nice glue scraper which I find indispensable.