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Looking for the best glue scraper? But not sure if you need a steel or carbide blade? Or maybe your’re wondering if glue is worth scraping when the planer will remove it?
Over the years I’ve glued thousands of wood panels and a day later came back and scraped the excess glue off with a glue scraper.
Why scrape glue? Well, planer blades do not like hardened wood glue. And a quick scape with a good quality glue scraper will save you the hassle of sharpening (or replacing) your planer blades.
While my choice of glue scrapers is the Warner 2″ carbide I’ll confess I’m a little biased.
And not just because of it’s carbide design and great price.
But because when I started cabinet making I used to drop thousands of board feet at their rural area kiln. Of course, that was in the days when they made handles from wood.
Editors Choice – Warner Carbide Scraper
What is a Wood Glue Scraper
A glue scraper is a hand tool used to remove glue after it has dried. Typically a wood glue scraper has a reversible steel or carbide blade that is designed to remove glue without damaging the wood. It is used by woodworkers to remove glue from wood panels prior to planing to avoid damage to planer blades.
Types of Glue Scrapers
Woodworking glue scrapers are all hand-held but there are a variety of sizes and blade materials.
Wood scraper types:
- Panel scrapers
- Corner scrapers
- Card scrapers
Since most glue scraping is done with a panel scraper we’ll focus on this type of scraper.
Best Wood Glue Scrapers
1. Warner 2" Carbide 100x Glue Scraper
Editor Choice for Best Glue Scraper
The Warner Scraper* is a well priced ergonomic scraper perfect for a professional or serious hobbyist.
- Available 2″ or 2-3/8″ blade
- Two handed operation
- Ergonomic soft grip handle
- Tungsten carbide blades that is 10x stronger than steel
And Warner has been around for almost a century making woodworking tools. In fact, as I mentioned already, I used to drop wood off in their kilns back when they used wood handles on most tools.
2. Kunz Glue Scraper for Serious Woodworkers
Professionals Choice for Heavy Duty Scraping
The Kunz glue scraper* is all business with a 12″ long handle and a German design fit for attacking glue left on wood panels.
For a professional that tackles glued panels daily this is a must have scraper.
- Dual edged steel blades
- Aggressive design for pulling glue up and off panels
- Heavy duty cast iron handle
3. Bahco 625 Mini Glue Scraper
Apron or Tool Belt Friendly Scraper for Small Area Scraping
The Bahco Mini* fits into tight spaces and can help during assembly to “scrape” glue leftovers clean before they dry.
Not all glue scraping is on a large scale. And that’s what makes this handy scraper something to throw in your woodworking apron and have ready for small cleanup jobs.
- Triangular carbide scraper blade
- 1″ blade
- Compact design
- Plastic holder for attaching to belt
4. Bahco 665 Premium Carbide Glue Scraper
The Swedish made Bahco 665* glue scraper features two handed operation and an easy-change 2″ wide carbide blade.
When I scrape wood panels I always use a bench with a “lip” that holds the wood. And that frees up both hands to apply downwards and backwards force for optimal glue removal.
Key features of the Bahco 665:
- 2-1/2″ blade
- Dual handed operation
- Quick change blade
While other scrapers are a few bucks cheaper, this ergonomic unit with a couple extra blades will last the average woodworker a long, long time.
6. Rockler Double Edge Glue Scraper
The Rockler Double Edge* scraper is a classic designed scraper similar to many scrapers I’ve used over the years.
No list of woodworking tools is complete without something from the innovative Rockler brand.
Key features of the Rockler glue scraper:
- 1-3/4″ blade
- Rubberized no-slip handle
- Easy to sharpen blades with a file
- Reversible blade
Simple is sometimes best and this well constructed glue scraper is easy to maintain.
7. Woodcraft 2" Wood Scraper
The Woodcraft 2″ Scraper* features a reversible carbide design with a slight curve that makes it glide over wood when removing glue.
While steel works, a carbide scraper just plain lasts longer. And a heavy weight like this Woodcraft will power through glued up panels with a large ergonomic grip.
- 2″ blade
- Reversible carbide
- Quick change with a standard phillips screwdriver
8. Allway Tools 1-1/8" Wood Glue Scraper
The Allway Tools* scraper is another small scraper with a simple design and steel reversible blades that are easy to sharpen.
- 1-1/8″ blade
- Reversible steel blade
- Small design to fit into a shop apron or tool belt
9. Red Devil Economy Glue Scraper
For a basic scraper the Red Devil scraper* will do the job on small projects.
With a four blade design the Red Devil is a basic scraper for small projects and occasional DIY’ers.
- 2-1/2″ or 3″ blade
- Rubberized no-slip handle
- High carbon blades
- Reversible 4 blade design
Card Scrapers for Wood
Even professional woodworkers might not have seen this type of wood scraper before.
So what is a card scraper? A card scraper is a thin metal sheet with a sharpened edge that is pushed across the surface of the wood to remove glue and gently shave off thin layers of wood. This Made in USA DFM Blue Curved* set is a great example of the various forms a card scraper can take.
Purchasing Considerations for Glue Scrapers
Panel scraping vs. small area glue removal
As you can see from the eight glue scrapers in this article there are sizes and shapes for all jobs.
If you’re primary task is scraping glue off wood panels you’ve assembled for cabinet doors or drawers then go with a large 2″+. However for small areas where you may need to scrape fresh or hardened glue a mini-scraper is best.
Or, grab both as these are cheap tools.
Steel vs. carbide blades
I’ve used both.
The answer to which to buy comes down to preference really. But with the price difference only a few dollars more go for carbide.
The only reason to choose steel? You want to sharpen the edges yourself.
Handle design for grip and comfort
If you’re planning to scrape dozens of boards then a two-handed soft grip scraper will help absorb the scraping action.
Personally, I like the front knob design as it gives maximum down and backwards “pull” force.
Weight of the glue scraper
Sometimes heavy is good. And since wood glue scraping on large panels involves force an extra few ounces on the scraper will help. Note the clear winner here is the Kunz cast iron model.
To sharpen or replace?
Over the months (or years) you’ll lose the original edge on the blades. And while steel is easy to sharpen with a file; unless you have the right diamond grinders the carbide are quite a bit trickier.
My recommendation: grab an extra half dozen blades for the carbide models. Steel can be sharpened easily enough to keep honing it.
Frequently Asked Questions for Glue Scrapers
Is there a power glue scraper?
Not that I have seen. And a power glue scraper would cause concern as scraping is also intended to not damage the wood. Thinking of using your planer? I don’t recommend it as it will dull the blades.
What happens if I don't scrape the glue before I plane the wood?
While any planer will gladly remove the glue it will damage the planer blades. As most glues dry rock hard the impact of the glue on the blade will more quickly dull the blades (even carbide). And not to mention, uneven glue creates an uneven thickness. Due to that variation you can inadvertently be faced with planing your boards too thin.
How do you remove hard glue from wood?
Hard glue is removed with a wood glue scraper that is specially designed to rip the excess glue from the wood surface. As the glue binding the boards is dried and bonded, the excess glue, with the right scraper, comes off easily when scraped.
What is a glue scraper?
A glue scraper is a specialty tool with a steel or carbide blade that removes glue forced out of wood joints. Since glue joints must be wet on all wood surfaces this forces some excess glue to be pushed out during clamping. And the glue scraper quickly removes this excess glue.
Is there an alternative to scraping glue?
Scraping glue from wood panels isn’t bad. Due to boards needing a fully “wet” joint you’ll want some excess glue on the surface to know you’ve completely bonded wood edges. However, I like to have just enough there’s not a puddle of glue. As such, when I’m scraping there should be a reasonable amount of glue being removed.
Can I use a heat gun to remove wood glue?
Absolutely not. Unless it’s on an old piece where the glue has dried for months. Due to the bonding and curing time you’ll risk weakening a wood joint by heating the glue. Just think, if the surface is weakened to scrape the interior joint will be too. Save the heat gun for removing paint or other refinishing. And not for fresh glue joints.
While not the most complicated tool in your worskhop a glue scraper deserves some thought before purchasing.