On today’s show, we have a special live episode for you where all the topics come directly from the community either from the forum, from emails or from voicemails. We?ll be discussing card scrapers, sharpening with sandpaper, planing narrow boards, paring with the bevel down, and deciding between storing your lumber in the garage or in the basement.

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Poll of the Week:

Provided by Tomsworkbench.com
Do You Use a Card Scraper When Preparing Projects for Finishing?
I?ll use it occasionally: 49 votes
Every project: 48 votes
I?ll break it out for tricky to smooth pieces: 46 votes
What?s a card scraper?: 18 votes
Only when there?s no other choice: 6 votes
I would never use one: 6 votes

William Ng’s Sharpening Method


Erin has a question about sharpening.


Julien wants to know if its ok to pare with the chisel bevel down. He also asks for advice on his planing technique. Shannon recommend this article from Kari Hultman. Julien recently did a tutorial on cutting dovetails and you can check that out here.

Jim is trying to decide whether to store his lumber in his garage or in the basement in his shop.

iTunes Reviews:

Thanks Lemonjell0 for the 5-star review!

5 replies on “WT83”

Three WTOs in one month?! The end is near! OK, not really…
I refreshed my iTunes to see if a new one was up and
Boom! Winning….! Two episodes and the board meeting podcasts! Sweet music while sanding today batman. You guys rock!

Hey guys, I’m very interested in trying out a #80 cabinet scrapper. Any videos on how to use and sharpen? Can they be used like a regular card scraper?

Re: Khaya (African Mahagony). Like Marc, all the pieces I’ve used were pretty soft. Both the stuff I buy locally and the material in the class I took from Darrell Peart were soft. Having used alot of white oak in the past, it took some getting used to working with a wood that you had to be careful of denting. I got to practice the wet-towel-and-clothes-iron method of removing dents.

Mahagony’s softness helps with Greene and Greene furniture; ebony is very hard and when you tap the pegs into a slightly too-small hole, the mahagony compresses and ensures a snug fit.

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