Using glass as scraper

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Forum topic by bold1 posted 05-30-2013 06:41 AM 1261 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-30-2013 06:41 AM

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Was talking to my neighbor and mentioned using a piece of old glass to smooth down a pick handle. He is a retired wood shop teacher and told me he never heard of using it. How many of you use this old method like me?

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#1 posted 05-30-2013 11:01 AM

Yes I have and it works quite well. Especially good for removing finishes both old and fresh and you can cut it to different shapes to meet your needs like getting into tight corners. If you are using it on flat work a straight cut square of glass yields 8 fresh edges to work with. Try it you’ll like it.

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#2 posted 05-30-2013 11:26 AM

I use it often. it works quite well and the price is right. the edge seems to dull quickly but it simply takes a cut with the glass cutter to make a very sharp new edge

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#3 posted 05-30-2013 11:26 AM

Some of my first wood working projects when I was young were refinishing rifle stocks. We always used broken glass to strip the finishes, especially on the cheap hard finishes you’d find on cheaper rifles.

And those 8 fresh edges Mike speaks of will last a long time.

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#4 posted 05-30-2013 11:31 AM

Glass makes a wonderful scraper. I have found that broken glass does a better job then cut glass, gives a sharper edge, but does not last as long and not a straight edge for flat surfaces. It is great though for those hard to get at spots.

-- sweet sawdust

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#5 posted 05-30-2013 07:35 PM

I have done it several times. It’s especially good for nooks and crannys. It helps to put on some duct tape as a handle for safety and comfort .

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-31-2013 02:43 AM

I have used it with success. Hard to sharpen though…...LOL just kidding. I have used scrapers with very good success and less chance of cutting yourself.

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#7 posted 05-31-2013 01:57 PM

It’s very old technique, but it was replaced with card scrapers.

-- Cabinetmaker, restorer

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