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Use a wood scraper to refinish without marring

A metal putty knife can gouge wood in a heartbeat when peeling up a stripped finish. Instead, make a kinder, gentler knife from…

Paint strippers soften up underlying wood surfaces along with the paint, varnish, or other coating being removed. So using a metal or plastic putty knife to peel up the softened coating can damage the wood below. To avoid that, make your own wooden putty knife. First, trace the shape of a putty knife onto a ½" or ¾" block of wood. Then, mark a taper on the blade half of the wood block. Cut the taper on your bandsaw as shown


Use a wood scraper to refinish without marring

and smooth it with a disc sander. Cut out the shape of the putty knife and round the front corners of the leading edge. Sand any sharp edges along the handle so it feels comfortable when you hold it. Now peel off that finish as shown without fearing you might create a gouge that would require additional sanding.

 Use a wood scraper to refinish without marring

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