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post #1 of 13 Old 08-20-2018, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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Made a burnisher.

Bought some card scrapers a while back but passed on a burnisher because they were expensive and I heard you could use a drill bit. Drill bit didn't work too well so picked up some carbide rods on ebay cheap since one end of each was chipped. Finally turned a handle tonight and assembled one. Very basic, but I'm pleased with it and cost less than $5.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-20-2018, 07:52 AM
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Apart from burnishing gold leaf............uses?
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Apart from burnishing gold leaf............uses?
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To create the bur on a card scraper. Heard you could use the smooth end of a drill bit, but didn't work well. Picked up a few carbide rods that were chipped on one end for cheap and turned a handle last night for one of them.
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Wow, Very nice! I use a screwdriver when I burnish my scrapers. Lube with a light oil when you use it. Carbide is brittle so don't drop it, but it should work well.
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Nice project, though I'm both surprised and jealous you found a bar of carbide like that for $5...

Points of interest for anybody needing a burnisher, drill shanks are usually too soft to be used as a burnisher. Ditto for modern screwdriver shanks, most aren't actually hardened. Older, quality screwdrivers might work, provided they're hardened all the way through. If a file bites into the metal easily, probably won't make a good burnisher
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Wow, Very nice! I use a screwdriver when I burnish my scrapers. Lube with a light oil when you use it. Carbide is brittle so don't drop it, but it should work well.
Glad you like it gmercer, and thank you for the tip. Will give it a try.
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Nice project, though I'm both surprised and jealous you found a bar of carbide like that for $5...

Points of interest for anybody needing a burnisher, drill shanks are usually too soft to be used as a burnisher. Ditto for modern screwdriver shanks, most aren't actually hardened. Older, quality screwdrivers might work, provided they're hardened all the way through. If a file bites into the metal easily, probably won't make a good burnisher
Glad you like it epic. Got three rods 3/8" x 3 1/8" shipped for $13 total because each of them had a tiny chip on one end. Hides nicely in the handle which was turned from a piece of firewood. Tried one of those titanium drill bits from HF and the titanium just scraped off and the underlying material was way too soft.



Gonna have to work on my technique, but happy with the burnisher.

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...Tried one of those titanium drill bits from HF and the titanium just scraped off and the underlying material was way too soft.
Never buy drill bits from Harbor freight... I like the store, i really do, but theres some things you should never touch. Drill bits, cutting tools (saw blades and the like), glues, sandpaper, most consumables. Calling the drill bits useless would be a disservice to the word...
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Never buy drill bits from Harbor freight... I like the store, i really do, but theres some things you should never touch. Drill bits, cutting tools (saw blades and the like), glues, sandpaper, most consumables. Calling the drill bits useless would be a disservice to the word...
LOL. Yea, have to be careful at HF. Never buy anything with a motor. I like their CA glue and sandpaper (not because it's good quality but because it's cheap enough to make up for the poor quality), but no more bits from there after it took 3 of them to get through an 1/8" of mild steel.
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I read in Leonard Lee's Sharpening book that a burr on a scraper was optional.
So for all the use that I make of home-made scrapers, I just chalk a file and do my best to square an edge.
I buy boxes of Swiss-made Oregon chainsaw files and the tangs are hard enough to raise a burr on a scraper.
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I use commercial scrapers which have replaceable edges, Skarsten is the brand I use.
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I read in Leonard Lee's Sharpening book that a burr on a scraper was optional.
So for all the use that I make of home-made scrapers, I just chalk a file and do my best to square an edge.
I buy boxes of Swiss-made Oregon chainsaw files and the tangs are hard enough to raise a burr on a scraper.
Here's a 5 minute video that aligns with my philosophy. In short, the burr helps to sheer the wood fibers creating shavings and leaving behind a "glassy surface". If the performance and results are fine for you without a burr, then you're good to go. It's your tool and your product. Not going to tell you to do it a different way.
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I use commercial scrapers which have replaceable edges, Skarsten is the brand I use.
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Those are cool. I like the versatility of card scrapers; but as I said to RV, if the tool fulfills your needs, then you're good to go. :)
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A scraper is the finest finishing tool known to man.

With a freshly sharpened burr it will clean up tricky grain reversals, give a clean face without abrasive marks, and enable a french polished surface which displays chatoyance to die for (or charge x2 for)

As others have said, a large diameter drill rod, or a screwdriver, or a purpose made burnisher, is the tool of choice for turning the burr.

Try one!
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A scraper is the finest finishing tool known to man.

With a freshly sharpened burr it will clean up tricky grain reversals, give a clean face without abrasive marks, and enable a french polished surface which displays chatoyance to die for (or charge x2 for)

As others have said, a large diameter drill rod, or a screwdriver, or a purpose made burnisher, is the tool of choice for turning the burr.

Try one!
Couldn't have said it better myself. Very eloquent.
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