Cabinet scraper and burnisher

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Project by Doug posted 09-05-2011 09:18 PM 2636 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend my funnest project was this cabinet scraper and burnisher. This first thing I made was the cabinet scraper. I use an old backsaw blade that I had laying around. I first cut it in half by using a cold chisel. Then I ground off all the teeth. I used the factory edge as the edge to make square and flat. I spent quite a good amount of time making the cutting edge flat and square. Once this was done I proceeded to polish the sides to the best finish I could. Then after some research I made an attempt to put a burr on the cutting edge. You can see the results in the photo that shows the scraper and and a piece of pine.

Next, it was time to turn the handle. Once I was happy with the shape of the handle used a file to make an octagonal brass fitting cylindrical. I then drilled a hole in the handle for a 1/4” high speed steel drill blank. I epoxied the brass farrel in place and then, after putting some expoxy in the drilled hole, I pressed the drill blank in place. As a final touch I carefully chiseled out a recessed area for the octagonal piece of brass on the end of the handle. I finished the handle with some Minwax Special Walnun stain and some paste wax. Finally I used a buffing wheel to give the handle an aged look.

This was a fun project. Thanks for looking.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 09-05-2011 11:44 PM

goooood looking burnisher :-)


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#2 posted 09-06-2011 12:02 AM

nice handle made over the top with the detail in the butt end.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 09-06-2011 12:18 AM

Nice looking tools. Especially the burnisher.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 09-06-2011 05:29 PM

Oh yea !!

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 03:40 PM

Nice looking tools, nothing like the tools we make.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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