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#1 posted 09-08-2016 08:28 PM

My understanding is that card scrapers were often used as the sole method of preparing wood surfaces for finishing prior to the early 1900’s. Sandpaper was available before then but not commonly available and likely too expensive for most wood workers. I have also read that in the right hands you can achieve a superior finish with a card scraper but on some woods at least, the surface may be too good and might not take a the finish very well. In that case, lightly sanding after card scraping may yield a more durable finish. In my limited experimentation with a card scraper on walnut, the wood had such a sheen that it almost looked like I had already applied a very light coat of wipe on varnish after scraping.

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