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I'd say it's a personal choice myself, a scraper may potentially give a better finish, but needs greater skill in application - practice on scrap before going near a model.

 

You can buy cabinet makers scrapers from specialist wodworking suppliers, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  You could also make them if you have tooling for cutting, grinding and hardening carbon steel.

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Hi Mike, one of the reasons is that sanding sometimes smears the caulking whereas scraping does not; I always scrape decks.

 

I use an old plane blade out of bullnose plane, but hobby knife chisel blades are good for tight areas. Generally I use the widest blade I can to cover the deck area to reduce the  possibility of digging into the deck.

 

Cheers,

 

B.E.

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I use to good effect those stronger razor-like blades with re-inforced back (I believe they are also sold as blades for 'balsa'-planes). As they are ground from both sides at the cutting edge, these 'scrapers' don't seem to need a burr for cutting.

 

Steel wool gives a very nice satin finish on hard woods, but also leaves behind tiny fragments of steel that may be diffisult to remove from corners, between stanchions, etc.

 

wefalck

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I have just this minute ordered a set of three scrapers and a burnishing tool.

 

My thanks to all who have replied and a special thanks to Richard for the link. I have printed off the instruction notes.

 

Mike.

Mike, when you get your burnishing tool don't just think of it for use on the scrapers. Yes, you should use it to put a 'hook' on the edge of the scrapers and do that from time to time, but also use it to hone a sharp edge like chisels, etc. I have used the same straight scraper for more than thirty years building furniture and it is still going strong :) 

The main difference is that with cutting tools you don't want to have a 'hook'. So you have to hold it almost parallel with the edge you are honing.

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