What is a Cabinet Scraper?

A cabinet scraper is a tool designed to remove fine shavings of wood. They're typically used in place of sanding and are formed of steel with a high carbon content. The detailing capabilities they offer make the tools popular among cabinet makers, who use cabinet scrapers to form glossy and level surfaces for their creations. Cabinet scrapers can also be used to remove paint or stain from a surface, though care must be taken to keep the tool sharp in order to avoid damaging the wood. Likewise, users must scrape the tool along the grain of the surface to prevent the wood from being scratched or gouged.