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October 30, 2014

Card Scraper for Wood Inlay Bandings

Card Scraper for a Smooth Surface

 

Card Scraper: An Inexpensive  Tool of Great Value

 

A card scraper is an inexpensive tool of flat steel. It is about the size of a index card and is used by the woodworker in the woodworking shop. The edges of this tool are polished and then a burnisher is used at an angle to produce a burr. This burr actually forms a hook. To use the card scraper hold each end with your fingers while pressing forward with both thumbs. This will cause the card scraper to flex. Tilt the scraper forward slightly to begin scraping with the flexed portion of the scraper. One beauty of the card scraper is that the woodworker can utilize the full length of the hooked edge. When that edge dulls, simply flip the card over and use another sharp edge. Each of the two length will have two hooked edges.

The Card Scraper is Often Overlooked

 

Cosmati Picture Frames - Before Card Scraper UsageThis great hand tool is often overlooked and yet it can help one to produce excellent results for one’s woodworking projects. It takes just a little time to understand how the card scraper is sharpened. However, once you learn how to sharpen one you will be well on your way. (The photo at left was taken prior to using a card scraper.)

 

 

Prepare for the Finish 

 

The card scraper can greatly assist the woodworker when preparing the woodworking project for finish. The card scraper will save one from a lot of heavy sanding to remove milling marks, excess glue squeeze out, and rasp marks. Many woodworkers will generally take a power sander with a heavy grit to remove these marks and then progress to finer grit sandpaper. However, a woodworker can eliminate a lot of the heavy sanding by using the card scraper.

 

A Card Scraper Offers Control

 

 Cosmati Picture Frames - After Card Scraper UsageIn the case of working with 3/32″ wood inlay bandings, a card scraper offers the woodworker a great deal of control. The scraper works well with wood segments of varying grain directions where tear out is a major concern. Some may be tempted to use hand planes, a planer, or power sander to level the wood surface. However, there is always the chance of bringing the surface too low thus ruining the wood inlay banding.  Try using a card scraper and then a finer grit sandpaper to prepare for your choice of wood finish. (The photo at the left was taken after using a card scraper.)

 

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Comments

  1. Kevin Ross says:

    Another example of the beautiful work you do!!! Absolutly impressed!!! I just am getting through my first inlay attempt (nothing like yours of course). So, I can appreciate your craft!!! Thanks so much for posting the videos. I love watching talented people helping us that are not as talented get better. God Bless and and enjoy the holidays!!!

  2. The goal is to enjoy the craft of woodworking and also to continually improve. We all have to start at square one. The fact that you are making your first inlay attempt is the biggest step of all. Treat it like practice. Then continue to practice. Picture in your mind the outcome that you desire. It will come if you stick with it. Just do your best from start to finish.

    Watching the videos one time is fine. However, the more you watch them, the more you will learn. Trust me. These videos were made with you in mind. Let me know how it works out for you. Thanks for your interest and comment. Enjoy the Holidays as well.
    Bob

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