Power sanding. Hand sanding. Planing. If you want a board to be ultra smooth and begging to be touched, you have to prepare it properly before the finish. While these three options give very good results on many boards, for very trick pieces with swirling, interlocking or other wacky grain, sometimes the tool you need is exceptionally simple.
A card scraper is such a deceptively simple tool – a piece of spring steel with a burr turned on the edges. While it’s simple, the work it does smoothing difficult to control woods leaves many woodworkers speechless.
This week – do you use card scrapers on your woodworking projects? Every time or just occasionally?