I bought a veritas cabinet scraper a few weeks ago and I’m having problems. First time I’ve ever used a scaper. When first out of the box I couldn’t get a shaving so I sharpened and burnished the blade. Now I get a shaving but it’s leaving the surface of the wood rough and furry. I assume this isn’t normal?
Depends on the wood, softwoods are really difficult to scrape and get a smooth finish. Also, sharpening these irons and forming the hook takes a lot of practice and trial and error. It’s quite easy to over hook the blade as I’ve discovered, too much hook and it’s not going to cut.
@tompslattery hi what process are you usng to creat your “hook” are you using a single cut file to get your 90 degree angle because i found this made a massive differance, when i first tried using Pauls/Josephs method i failed miserably until i bought a single cut file as this leaves the top of the scraper truley flat ,whereas before when i used a second cut file the edge was rough and didn’t give me a good enough “hook/bur”although it felt like it should of scraped well, very few card scrapers will cut straight out of the box so dont be put off by that, all i can suggest other than that is practise make perfect good luck
When I got my cabinet scraper, I sharpened it and it worked great. I guess it was either my tremendous skills as a wood worker…or pure luck! (it had to be luck) I think I used Robert Wearing’s method in his book. Not sure if its different then P.S. method. Sometimes its faster to reference a book than a video. Everything comes with practice.
I initially used a eze lap diamond file, then polished out on my diamond stones. Used a nail punch to burnish and put the hook on. The shavings I’ve gotten on the bits of scrap I’ve tested it on look nice and fine but the surface of wood left behind leaves a bit to be desired