Shop Skills #3: Sharpening Card Scrapers - The Lost Scene...

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 12-30-2008 04:38 AM 4064 reads 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Card Scrapers the Video! Part 3 of Shop Skills series Part 4: Trusting Your Glue Joints »

Forgive My Insensitivity…

A public Thank You is in order before I go any further. I had some great support from two individuals that are a part of LumberJocks.

I relied heavily on Dave Pruett for “on call” support to figure out how to edit / process / and post my video.

I need to thank Marc Spagnuolo as well. I did not continually call him like Dave, but his advice and pointers were taken to heart and helped me out as well.

As with my woodworking, my achievement with video is due to the support of others. Thank You!

The Lost Scene…

I forgot to add one scene in my video for the first post. It is kind of important because I use the cabinet scraper on a piece of reclaimed flooring with finish on it. First, I scrape off the finish (Oh boy does it explode off the board in front of the scraper!) and then I am able to start peeling the wood off in curls.

I did a re-edit and post, but you do not have to watch the whole video to see the lost scraper scene. You can see it here, it is just over a minute long:

If you haven’t seen the full video yet, it is available here:

I hope that this opens the door to the use of the card scraper for those that have struggled with the sharpening of this amazing tool.

I appreciate feedback and encourage any others that use card scrapers to post a blog with their perspective on the use of this tool.

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 12-30-2008 07:06 AM

You just wanted to leave that out so you could get everyone to up your post count.. T know you Todd.

Good job ny the way.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-30-2008 07:10 AM

Todd, Good job. Thank you!

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#3 posted 12-30-2008 04:02 PM

When does the Blooper reel come out?


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#5 posted 12-30-2008 06:55 PM

Todd -

That was amazing to watch the finish flying off that scraper!



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#6 posted 12-30-2008 06:57 PM

I thought that this scene was pretty important to get in there.

It can be easy to miss a scene during editing.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 12-30-2008 08:14 PM

Todd I enjoyed this…one of the problems common in teaching or sharing is that a convenient or appropriate time for questions never presents itself. While watching your video I had the impression that questions would not only be encouraged, but genuinely welcomed. Well done Todd, very well done. You know one of the first hurdles faced in woodworking, or rather thier skills….is being able to recognize a 90 degree angle. I would enjoy your take on how this “talent” could be realized. It is a simple concept, but it has a huge impact on virtually every aspect of this craft as we move forward, from chopping a mortise, cutting dovetails, fitting a joint..or to sharpening our card scrapers….once again, thank you

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#8 posted 12-30-2008 08:29 PM

Harold – Finding 90 is the crux of many woodworking skills.

As with anything it takes practice.

I found it interesting to watch myself in the video because I realized how skilled I have become at using the card scraper. It was like watching someone else that knew what they were doing.

It is an easy tool to operate really, but I always went to the right angle in the video and was peeling off beautiful shavings of wood.

I did comment in the video that finding the working angle would be intuitive once you practice it.

I am certain that it is impossible for me to achieve a perfect 90 degree position without a jig, but I am getting it close enough because it works and works very well.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 12-30-2008 10:38 PM

Oh man. Burnisher sales are dropping as we speak…....... ;)

Great excerpt!

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#10 posted 12-31-2008 02:34 AM

Nice video, Todd. I will put my card scrapers to better use because of this video.

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#11 posted 12-31-2008 03:21 AM

Well done Todd.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 01-01-2009 04:47 PM

Todd, you have just relieved the burden of sharpening scrapers for a bunch of guys. I love to use the scraper but I have always hated the sharpening \ burnishing part. Thank you for a new way to do things.
Doug in AZ.

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#13 posted 01-01-2009 08:22 PM

I tried your technique on my new fangeled bench with a piece of maple that I had roughed from a 20” planer that was traveling too fast and put about 8,000 mill marks in it Took the marks right off. It is nice because you can do it fast and with my new bench, I can have everything clamped up right at my finger tips. Here’s a pic. Thanks Todd

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#14 posted 01-01-2009 08:31 PM

Thanks for the feedback and especially the photo!

It is great to see that it worked for you.

The speed combined with the results are what I love about this method.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 01-19-2009 05:04 PM

a belated “thanks” and “well done”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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