There are many woodworking techniques, using a card scraper is one of the basics all aspiring woodworkers should learn. While the wood scraper is a simple tool it can be very effective for cleaning up and finishing a surface. In a skilled craftsman hand a properly tuned scraper can make a finish so fine that further work is unnecessary.
In this article by Chris Marshall he discusses the satisfaction of using a scraper and tuning process
Satisfaction from the Simplest of Tools
It’s been a while since I’ve worked up a sweat with a scraper, but there’s something really satisfying about it. Cleaning up that surface was an excellent chance to get back to basics with one of woodworking’s simplest tools: a springy piece of steel.
Some people don’t like to sharpen scrapers, but I do. I really enjoy filing and honing the edges and faces flat, then rolling over those fresh new burrs. It’s fun to see a glint of light appear where that tiny hook emerges, then feel it snag your fingernail. Without the snag, you know the burnishing isn’t done.
While using power tools can make quick work of the task, using traditional woodworking techniques and simple tools like the card scraper can be very fulfilling. If you would like to learn more about this and other basic woodworking techniques you should have Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship By Peter Korn on your bookshelf. This is a great book for all aspiring woodworkers!