I was making some veneer panels in the shop. I had resawn the lumber, matched the grain, and glued up the 1/8” thick pieces. After all this I had to scrape the excess glue from the joint in the middle of the panel.
Outside was a cool but sunny autumn day here in Billings, MT. The double doors face south and I had them open. I started scraping the veneer panel glue joints and all you could hear was shhhhhhck, shhhhhhck, shhhhhck.
The veneer panels are made of curly maple and the card scraper handled it with ease. I seemed to achieve that moment of nirvana. No power tools. No stereo. Just me, the panels, and a card scraper producing angel hair curls. It seemed that everything in the universe lined up and I was working in that sweet zone that woodworkers dream of.
Of all the very cool tools that I own, the card scraper is absolutely my favorite tool in the shop. I even use it more than my hand planes. It is such a simple and efficient tool to use. I marvel over the results of this simple tool every time I use it.
I use the most simple method for sharpening the card scraper and I love sharing it because I know how frustrating it can be to figure out.
I know many have seen the video, but I have to post it again for those that may have not seen it yet. I just want others to enjoy using the card scraper like I do.
One more thing before I go, notice how naked the back of my hand and wrists are in the first picture. I recently sharpened all of my chisels. I LOVE sharp chisels!
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com