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Many woodworkers revere the card scraper as if it possesses magical properties. A cheap tool that can remove glue, smooth knots and gnarly wood, strip paint, or knock down finish nibs without making noise or dust may indeed sound like a woodworker’s Holy Grail. But in truth, there’s no great mystery to harnessing the magic of this humble piece of steel.
Unlike most woods, tamarind’s appeal is not based on its harder, darker heartwood, but on its less durable sapwood that’s an attractive meal for fungi and insects. When the timing’s right, Mother Nature’s attack on the creamy outer layer induces spalting, transforming even the smallest blank into a unique work of art.
Table saw safety is a combination of using the best available safety equipment, uncompromising attention to proper technique, and honest acknowledgement of the potential danger of the tool. Learn more about table saw safety from the unique perspective of a hand surgeon.