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11-06-2017 03:48 AM

Fifty Cents thrift store find: Disston No 1 oval-light 4-1/2” Cabinet Burnisher. Love it. After trying this burnisher on a card scraper, I think I will retire my other one.


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#1 posted 11-06-2017 03:50 AM

Awesome little find, congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 11-06-2017 04:02 AM

Thanks Smitty. I think someone was using it to stir paint before I got a hold of it. World of difference in how it works on a scraper compared to the other one I have. My other one must have been for leather work : )

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#3 posted 11-06-2017 05:29 AM

Doggone good for you!!

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#4 posted 11-06-2017 10:43 AM

I’m curious about what it is you love about this burnisher over the other one. I have a burnisher from Hock, very simple, no hand grip, that I also think is great.

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#5 posted 11-06-2017 01:29 PM

the old one I was using acted like the card scraper was cutting into it. felt kind of like when I was trying to use a screwdriver shaft. It just didn’t seem to be right. This Disston burnisher doesn’t act like the card is cutting into it. It must be harder and polished better. I used it on a scraper last night. I drew the metal first then turn a great bur with very little effort. Feels right, and works great. I think I have new hope for my card scraper sharpening.

Now that I know it works well, I will buff the shaft and shine it up. it is stained. All I did to it so far is a light cleaning to get paint off.

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#6 posted 11-06-2017 03:07 PM

Yes I agree, properly hardened and finished burnishers make all the difference. Does that Disston have a round cross-section? That is how the Hock burnisher is shaped.

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#7 posted 11-06-2017 03:29 PM

I’ve seen these!

The seller thought that someone had a vintage screwdriver and cut the tip off for whatever reason 8^)

Good find!

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#8 posted 11-06-2017 04:30 PM

It is oval shaped.


Yes I agree, properly hardened and finished burnishers make all the difference. Does that Disston have a round cross-section? That is how the Hock burnisher is shaped.

- dubois


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#9 posted 11-06-2017 04:35 PM

In about 4 years of looking for one in junk stores, thrift stores, antique stores, Restores, estate sales, yard sales and car boot sales I have only seen one other burnisher and that is the one I was using. I’m fairly sure it was for leather not metal. Burnishers seem to be hard to come by in the wild, at least in my area that is.

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