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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 05-15-2009 11:21 PM 2884 reads 5 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ah ha! Got your interest right? This is a little video that introduces glass as a scraper. I use them all the time and prefer them in many instances to steel ones. Plus glass is free. It is you know, nearly everywhere and in quantity. Take a look and see, it only lasts a few minutes. Thanks for looking, Dan.

Added note: You can use glass for a long time before it dulls. I sometimes use one piece on an entire project. It’s harder than metal scrapers. But it doesn’t matter as long as you’ve got plenty of free glass and a hammer!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 05-15-2009 11:29 PM

Video is good and interesting, but man I loved that ending shot!

Is that where you live?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 05-15-2009 11:33 PM

Yes, My wife and I live on a lake in Maine. That is a shot traveling down the lake last October in my homemade pontoon boat (see other projects) after all the tourists had gone and given me back my lake. It gets quiet, calm and the fish jump and the loons loon. And since I love winter, it’s my own bit of heaven.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 12:12 AM

thats cool but how do you not cut your hand on the glass

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 12:35 AM

Where about in Maine, I go to Northern Maine 3 times a year…. I go all the way up. Madawaska, Fort Kent area. We have a house on the Island at long lake. It’s pellitier Island and we got those loons and king fishers. I love the peace and quiet.

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 12:48 AM

Interesting video, another usefull skill to keepp in mind! thanks for posting.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 01:34 AM

Thanks daniel you,ve just solved one of my tool problems here.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 01:38 AM

Nice trick, I don’t know about barehanding them though… maybe with some leather gloves. It’s remarkable how well that was working considering you’d expect glass not to have the burr typical of metal scrapers.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 01:45 AM

Ditto on the gloves.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 01:47 AM

My father in law was a 3rd generation professional woodworker who did unbelievable work and all he ever used as as scraper was glass.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 05-16-2009 02:28 AM

Answers to questions.

getneds: I’m in southern Maine.. where all the tourists come up from Mass each summer. Madawaska’s a-way up there in noman’s land.

You really don’t need gloves. When you break a bottle or a glass in the sink, because it’s curved you get shards that have edges that break on a skewed angle, very sharp. Window pane, if one is a little careful won’t even bother your hands at all. The edges are mostly right angle.

I made a lot of acoustic guitars in the late 70’s. Put myself through college doing it and repairs. I always used glass. It always got the nicest finish compared to other stuff and was good for taking down purfling, the banding on the edges.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 05-16-2009 03:40 AM

Very informative, thank you!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#12 posted 05-16-2009 03:50 AM

Thanks Dan great info

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#13 posted 05-16-2009 05:30 AM

Triple ditto on the….....GLOVES…please.!!!
Great idea and cheap.

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#14 posted 05-16-2009 08:12 AM

thanks for the post Dan. I like using scrapers and will give glass a try.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#15 posted 05-16-2009 10:41 AM

Do you guys sand after scraping?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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