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#1 posted 07-14-2011 04:53 AM

Cabinet scraper – most simple tool which was replaced by sandpaper. It has now become woodworking best kept secret. When gluing up projects and the joint has a slight defect, I used to try sanding out the defect and often made it worse. A card scraper shaves off the defect quite effectively leaving a smooth flawless joint and much quicker then sanding. How about burn marks on rip cuts? I used to try sanding these eye sores out. It would take a long time and usually ended with a wavy edge. Cabinet (card) scrapers do a good job in less then a minute.

The hardest thing about these historic tools is learning how to sharpen them. Google the technique and learn. It’s worth the effort. Took me a few trials and I’m glad I learned.

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