The lowly scraper is a highly useful tool that can get jobs done when gouges and chisels can’t. In faceplate turning, turning a tabletop perfectly flat with a bowl gouge is very difficult. And if you are tired of clouds of dust when trying to sand the surface of a platter flat, you need what I call a boat-tail scraper.

In this short video, Conover demonstrates how to create a perfectly flat surface with this scraper on a wooden platter.