I got desperate for a scraper today, so grabbed one of my putty knives
(Now dammit; no laughing!!!!) and proceeded to flatten the edge on a
diamond sharpener. Ran a screwdriver shank over it about half a dozen
times, and damn if I couldn't feel a sharp edge! Ran over to the
glue-up drawer front (yesterday's screw-up, which I salvaged) and
scraped a bit of protruding edge to flush the two pieces up. Damn if
that wasn't almost mystical! You Neanders JUST might have something
there. The grain was just POPPING out at me!
I guess I could skip the $18 burnishing tool when I get a set or "real"
scrapers? BTW what's the difference between a scraper that is labeled a
scraper and a scraper that I "made"?
1. Better cachet
2. Edge will last longer
3. Both one and two
4. None of the above
Screw drivers work fine. Go to the flea market and get an old saw that
someone ruined by painting a mill scene on. Cut a scraper out of the
steel and go to town. You'll probably have better steel in there than
what's in your putty knife. You can also cut shapes to match any
profile that you need.
Be careful what saw from the flea market you wind up chopping into little
pieces. On another list I subscribe to, a recent "find" by a member
(painted "scene" notwithstanding") turned out to be a very rare handsaw.
Even cleaned up and refurbished it would still be worth a couple thousand
dollars. Ain't no scraper in the world that can make that claim to fame.
Now I'm checking every saw I see looking for the vintage Disstons and
If, OTOH, the blade is rusty and bent and it has a broken bakelite handle or
is otherwise obvious junque, then your solution is perfect.
The biggest difference between a "real" scraper and your putty knife scraper
is that a real scraper is probably cheaper than your putty knife and has a
lot longer edge to work with. A regular scraper may hold its hook longer
than your putty knife.
Definitely. But lay off the screwdrivers. There's much harder steel readily
available: find yourself a machine shop that rebuilds engines, and ask them
for a few used valve lifters. I got four lifters from a Chevy big-block for
two bucks, and I figure that's gonna be a lifetime supply of burnishing rods.
Some cleaning and polishing will be required. And of course there's no handle,
but part of the fun is turning your own. (Do you have a lathe?)
from an old handsaw -- that's likely to be harder steel than a putty knife.
5. Longer cutting edge.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss
You probably mean pushrods; hydraulic lifters are too short & thick to make
a decent burnisher, and I think they have only two polished areas, rest is
rough cast. Also would be hard to get all the oil out of them :-)
Having been in and retired from the automotive industry for 20+ years, and
concerning most any Chevy V8, I can honestly say that I have never heard of
a "Push Rod" being the slang term for "lifter" or "valve lifter". Valve
lifters, be they hydraulic, solid or roller, are used along with "Push
Rods". Push rods and lifters are 2 different parts. Anyway, you will
normally find most Chevy engines small or big block, equipped with hydraulic
lifters and hollow push rods.
So, which is it, the 3" x 3/4" lifter, or the 10" x 1/4" push rod? ;~)
Seems the longer push rod would be much easier to use given its much longer
length. The Lifter on the other hand would seem to be more difficult to use
because it is shorter and many have indention's on the sides that would
interrupt the smooth surface.
Well I was going to go into that aspect concerning the OHC engines but I
don't recall if any late model Chevy V8's have OHC's. He was talking "big
Which brings up another point, the valve itself would probably work pretty
well for putting a burr on a scraper. Valves are normally quite hard.
Scott, you never cease to amaze me with your venom. Have you tried
therapy to deal with your anger? I feel a limerick about to be born...
There once was a crackpot named Scott
Who wasn't as smart as he thought
For always he demeaned others
Knew not the meaning of "brothers"
Will his vitriol ever stop?
Scott Cramer wrote:
On 19 Nov 2003, Bay Area Dave spake unto rec.woodworking:
Uh, Dave, that link goes back to June, when you were flapping your
gums about things of which you knew even less than you do now. There's no
vitriol there, just a bit of pointed humor.
Here's a dare for you. I dare you to post no more than three times a
day for two weeks. I guarantee that if you put a bit more thought into
your posts, actually THINKING about your questions a bit before flooding
the NG with them, you would see far fewer responses of an insulting nature.
It is the incessant chatter, pointless blather, and useless responses to
countless threads that fuels my desire to dope-slap you all the time.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Familiarity breeds contempt.
Think you can do it? Three times a day, for two weeks. Shut your
yap and listen instead of reporting every stupid goddamn thing you do all
day long. The only responses you'll get from me will be of a serious,
helpful nature. For two weeks, at least.
hmm... you only cursed once. I think that's a record, Scotty! I will
not limit my posts, but feel free to respond to only three of mine per
day, with serious responses to serious WW questions. We can both skip
all the OT bs and make EVERYONE happier in the process.
So, meet me half way? That's the deal. Ball's in your court.
Scott Cramer wrote:
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