Using a steel putty knife to scrape off stripper-softened paint or other finishes can scar the furniture you're trying to refinish.

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Make a scraper like the one shown above from 34 " pine or some other soft-textured wood. 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