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Old 10-15-2019, 08:26 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by wkearney99 View Post
Card scrapers are fantastic for prepping wood surfaces. They're basically just sheets of metal with J-shaped hook edge. It's the hook that does the work, unlike a chisel. You're dragging the hook across the surface, not knifing through the wood like a chisel.

They're available in a number of different shapes. It's easier to create the hook on flat edged ones, but curved ones can be used as well. I've used card scrapers on various wood projects and the finish is often superior to what you'd get from sandpaper. You do get a hand and forearm workout though!
+1 for card scrapers. Be sure to get the burnishing tool to put the correct edge on. It takes a little practice to firm the edge but it's not all that difficult.
You will be surprised at the smoothness of the cleaned surface... beats sanding
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