Painting and Sharp Tools

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Blog entry by AtlasRook posted 06-11-2014 04:11 PM 1356 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on the shelves the boss wanted in the kid’s room. She wanted them white, so, after doing my research I went with poplar (inexpensive and takes paint well). I’ve got everything together, and all sanded nice. I’m actually pretty proud of how well the butt joints look after vigorous sanding.

I did a disservice to my work when I was rushing through the first coat of paint. I ended up with a lot of drips that dried. Found out that there is not a lot of information on what to do with dried drips when painting wood. My conclusion was to use a sharp paint scraper to lift off the uneven areas, sand and put more coats on. I’m not sure if a paint scraper can be sharpened, so I think I’m going to return that in favor of just a sharp chisel. I might go as far as buying another chisel just to have for scraping gunky material like this. I’ll just have to keep it sharp.

This all brings me back to my circle of shop needs. I’m trying to make a sharpening station, but to do so, I have to make some cuts on my TS. But I don’t want to make any cuts on my TS until I have my HF DC installed; I haven’t bough that yet, since I haven’t found the right coupon. In the mean time, I wanted to finish up my air cleaner, which requires me to make some cuts on my TS. But I don’t want to make any cuts on my TS…

You get the picture.

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#1 posted 06-11-2014 06:01 PM

Razor blades, the type used in utility knives. You can hold them (carefully) and slice the drips off, with care and a little follow up sandpaper you’ll never know they were there.

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#2 posted 06-12-2014 01:39 AM

A paint scraper can definitely be sharpened, take a file and put a 45 degree bevel on it and draw file it to get a smoother surface. You can even roll a hook on it like a cabinet scraper. The problem might be if the paint scraper is made of poor steel. I think Russde is right though, a razor blade might work better. The only time I use a scraper for fine work is removing paint splatter off wood tools I’m restoring. It does work well for those little splatter bits.

What kind of a sharpening station are you planning? I have my sharpening stones set in recesses in a single board like in Paul Sellers' video here and it works well. Grab it, use them, set the board aside, done. You can make one or two cuts with a hand saw and not create the kind of fine dust a table saw makes. Or cut it outside with a circular saw or something.

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 01:50 AM

Cabinet scraper works well when skewed. Razor knife, long, thin, flexible one.

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#4 posted 06-12-2014 04:41 AM

russde: I’ll give that a go, I do have some razor blades sitting around. The drips are bigger than just drips in some areas, so I hope not to gouge down to the wood. But if I do, hey, at least I’ve learned something?

Tim: I’ll have to look more into cabinet scrapers. I’m planning to go with the scary sharp method.

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