December Meeting: Sharpening Card Scrapers

When: 14 December 2019, 9:45am to 12:00pm

Where: James Woodworks, 6545 Hamilton Ave

9:45 AM Announcements and Business meeting

10:00 AM Presentation

12:00 PM Adjourn

Card scrapers are inexpensive and versatile tools that provide a quick way to flush up edge banding, inlays and generally prepare a surface for finishing.  Using a sharp card scraper is almost intuitive, but the stumbling block for many woodworkers is consistently getting a sharp edge.  When referring to card scrapers even the term “sharpening” can be a source of confusion.  When we sharpen a chisel, we hone to eliminate the burr.  On the other hand, when we sharpen a scraper, we purposely create a burr. 

Our December meeting will be a workshop on preparing and using a card scraper.  Ken Bayer will show   method of preparing a scraper, and we will have six workbenches set up with a teacher at each bench for hands-on instruction. The objective is to ensure that all participating club members have a thorough understanding of the method and leave the meeting with a properly prepared scraper and the experience to consistently duplicate the results in their own shop.

At a minimum, you will need to bring a card scraper. If you have one already,  please bring a burnisher, a metal file, a sharpening stone, and a rubber-faced push pad as shown below—either a commercially available one or a home-made one with a rubberized pad on a wooden block slightly longer than your scraper with a handle attached.