Card scrapers are the ideal tool to handle tricky grain and prevent tear-out, when no hand plane can do it. I just bought an assortment of new scrapers from my friend Dominic Greco, who is ready to supply these — the initial results are great.
How good are they? Look at this photo – see the fluffy shavings I got from the gnarly area on the walnut board? I love seeing these results in one or two passes with a scraper — true gossamer-thin shavings, with virtually no dust:
I will be using a bunch of these in the near future. The standard pack Dominic sells will consist of the following:
- (3) Standard Card Scraper (normally 3 for $10)
- (3) Heavy Duty Card Scrapers (normally 3 for $12)
- (5) Medium Credit Card Scrapers (normally 5 for $5)
- (5) Light Credit Card Scrapers (normally 5 for $5)
The pack is a $32 value. He will box them all up and send them for $27 (plus $5.95 shipping and handling).
It will look something like the pack I bought:
I will sharpen several of these, as I must tame the tear-out in the curly maple I bought recently.
My purpose with this article: To alert everyone of a new source of card scrapers at reasonable cost. To place your order, contact Dominic Greco at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dominic is currently out of the light and the medium size scrapers; you also need to know that due to the holidays coming up, there will be a lead time to fill your order. But it will be worth it, as these scrapers are good. He told me:
…Those credit card scrapers were the real “sleeper” of the bunch. I can’t keep them in stock! They are super useful at cleaning up curved areas like on cabriolet legs, saw handles (which I use them for), and plane totes. The nice thing is that you can hold them in one hand and bow them between your thumb and fingers. Then you can hold the work in one hand and scraper with the other.
If you buy some of Dominic’s scrapers, let me know how you like them.
— Al Navas
Additional blog content on card scrapers:
Czeck Edge tools, and 3 videos from Woodworking in America: Scrapers: History, Preparation and Use, Parts 1 to 3