Shop Tip/Project - Make Your Own (Poor Man's) Burnisher...from Scrap Materials

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Project by ChuckM posted 08-03-2013 09:02 PM 3151 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Paul Sellers’ poor man’s burnisher is made from a nail set (last picture). If you don’t have a nail set to spare, check if you have a dull router bit lying around. You can make a burnisher from a worn-out router bit (e.g. a straight bit – the longer the shaft, the better) by attaching two handles (any scrap hardwood) to its ends with epoxy.

I learned about it after stumbling upon this at LV: (Leonard Lee is the founder and owner of LV, who is also the author of The Complete Guide to Sharpening). I used the shop-made burnisher in the past years to burnish my card scrapers and cabinet scraper blade until I got a Veritas burnisher as a gift.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 01:24 AM

Thanks for the tip, I need one of these

-- Robert in middle TN

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 05:03 AM

I just made something similar. I bought a piece of polished solid carbide from my local custom router bit shop, shaped a few scraps of beech into a couple of handles and job done. Total cost 50 baht, less than $2.

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 10:01 AM

burnisher is on my want list, but couldn’t get one here and I’m using an old screw driver for now, but this is a great idea. Thanks

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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