A card scraper isn't the most romantic hand tool, but it's the first one Fine Woodworking art director Michael Pekovich recommends to craftsmen interested in learning the fine art of "unplugged" woodworking. A properly tuned card scraper erases mill marks with ease, much like a well-tuned handplane. The difference lay in what happens with a poorly-tuned version of either of these hand tool mainstays. A dull scraper just won't cut, while a poorly-honed plane iron can make quick work of destroying an otherwise beautiful piece of stock.

In this video, Pekovich demonstrates his methods for turning the perfect hook on a card scraper, yielding an edge that scrapes flawlessly. You'll also learn how to avoid the two most common mistakes woodworkers make when using a burnisher to sharpen a scraper: too much pressure and too much angle.