Real Sharp Scraper

Here’s an easy-to-make scraper that’s perfect for finish work. The blade corners project beyond the handle sides to reach gunked-up cracks and corners.

The Family Handyman

Here’s an easy-to-make, ultra-sharp scraper that’s perfect for finish work. The blade corners project beyond the handle sides to easily reach gunked-up cracks and corners. All you need is a utility knife blade and a 10-in. piece of 1-3/4 in. hardwood for a handle. First saw a 3/8-in. deep kerf in one end of the handle with a hacksaw or coping saw. Then saw or belt-sand 60-degree shoulders on both sides of the kerf so you can hold the scraper at a low angle. If the utility knife blade fits a little loose in the kerf, apply a layer or two of masking tape to create a snug fit. That’s it; grip it firmly and go to work. When you’re finished, slip out the blade with the pliers and store it until you need the scraper again. Thanks to David Radtke for this scraper design.

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