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Shop-made scraper won?t mar refinishing job

Shop-made scraper won't mar refinishing job

Using a steel putty knife to scrape off stripper-softened paint or other finishes can scar the furniture you're trying to refinish. Make a scraper like the one shown at right from 3/4" pine or some other softwood. Cut the tool to shape with your scrollsaw or bandsaw, then taper it to an edge by sanding. Round over the handle edges for comfort. The wooden scraper won't nick the wood you're stripping, and the corners won't dig in as you lift off the old finish.

-- Sam Stucki, St. George, Utah

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mwfoscue wrote:

I save the "sample" credit cards that come in the mail and I save all my Lowes and HD merchandise cards (the ones they give you when you return something for store credit) and gift cards. I use them when scraping up old finishes. They are stiff enough, have rounded corners, and are free/disposable. And by "re-purposing" them, I am being a little "green".

6/7/2012 10:14:28 AM Report Abuse
Bob6339 wrote:

A old switchplate makes an ideal scraper - used inexpensive plates are readily available at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and can be thrown away when finished.

8/25/2011 05:51:07 PM Report Abuse
ChrisBarker wrote:

WANT A quick scraper in a hurry or can't find where you last put it? Pick up a stainless rule even a six inch one can do the job of leaving a satisfactory finish when cleaning up bare wood. I have never had to buy one yet since 1948 and if the worst comes to the worst will use an old tennon or dovetail saw-don't throw them out.Chris,

2/11/2011 03:58:20 AM Report Abuse
fixitcr63 wrote:

I have to admit that every so often someone posts an idea that I wish I'd have thought of about 40 some odd years ago. This little wooden scraper idea could have saved me countless hours of filling little dig holes that I made whilst removing paint from old furniture we had. Back then it was just old furniture, now they're antiques.

1/20/2011 06:08:21 PM Report Abuse
Marlen_at_WOOD wrote:

Or to build your own heirloom hand scraper, go to: Marlen @ WOOD

1/12/2011 03:15:00 PM Report Abuse

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