Finishing tips and tricks
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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