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post #9 of Old 03-24-2002
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Cabin sole finish

Generally speaking the scrapers most useful on a boat are just the regular paint and varnish scrapers available at Lowe''s, Home Depot or ship''s stores. I use numerous sizes and shapes to get into hard to reach areas and the blades on the ones I have can be replaced when filed beyond usefulness. Do use a file often to keep the blades sharp. There are also literally thousands of shapes of cabinet scrapers available but these are generally not necessary for boat work. Cabinet scrapers are used by cabinet makers and other highly skilled woodworkers to shape moldings and prepare a surface for finishing. A talented woodworker would usually not use sandpaper because it tends to round and soften edges which is desirable in boat woodwork but not in cabinet making. With a proper set of hand planes, spokeshaves and cabinet scrapers used correctly there is no need for sanding. Further, a cabinet maker''s blade (scraper) requires diligent stoning, filing, blade consolidation and burnishing each done with a different tool. Probably an overkill for boatwork where varing grades of sandpaper will obtain a perfectly good surface for finishing. The paint and varnish scrapers are usually faster at removing old buildup especially when used in conjunction with heat or chemical strippers. There may be some electrically powered scrapers available but you probably would not want to use them on veneer; it is just too thin and you don''t want to run the risk of breaking through.

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