The principle behind the card scraper is simple, but many woodworkers balk at using it. Philip C. Lowe explains why this dirt-cheap tool can take the place of coarse and medium grades of sandpaper to prepare a surface for a finish. Scrapers can be cut or ground into an infinite variety of custom shapes to smooth inlay, moldings, cove cuts, and other curved and flat surfaces. Sharpening a card scraper is not difficult, and Lowe explains how to level, hone, and burnish the edge.

From Fine Woodworking #147