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Posted on Card scrapers vs. sanding

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 04:51 AM

Rich, I purchased a good set of scrapers from Lee Valley, along with their sharpening/burnishing set. I spent quite a bit of time and effort learning how to keep them in shape and burnish a hook on them.

Having said all that, I still don’t see scraping as superior to sanding as some people claim. I find myself reaching for the scraper in certain situations… you can’t beat it for removing excess dried glue from a joint… but I always sand before I finish.

A project sanded down to 400 grit or finer just “feels” better to my fingers than a surface prepared with a scraper. Maybe my technique isn’t as good as I think it is. To each his own, I guess.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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