I was going to write up a fairly lengthy article on this important topic but instead I stumbled upon this video by chance as I was searching for classical music on YouTube to play in my shop. What’s classical music got to with card scraping beats me but I’m glad it turned up.
This video at first glance is slightly deceiving, you may think you will not get much information from it as the intro is silly but actually he covers more information than I have seen on any other video ever covered on this topic. He demonstrates its usage, turning different burrs for different applications and what type of timber they work best on. Veritas sells a tool that turns a good burr lo and behold I never knew they did but I think after watching this video and applying the techniques demonstrated you won’t be needing any jig to turn a good burr. All I’m going to say is the key to success is in the prep work. You can use waterstones but you will stand a good chance digging into it and end up reducing the size trying to get all of it out. I’ve learned this the hard and have switched to sandpaper until I can afford diamond stones.
Enjoy watching the video it just goes to show how many silent knowledgeable woodworkers are out there, I think we spend way too much time focusing on celebrity woodworkers and limiting ourselves to their knowledge and practices only. Broaden your knowledge and skill by not focusing on one particular person or any particular group of popular people as remember it’s a smorgasbord out there who have a lot to offer.