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    Some burnishers I made

    Hi Gang,
    A week or so back I posted a question on another forum regarding some scrap steel I had come across and was planning to use as scraper stock . During the discussion it was suggested to me that I should use a harder burnisher, one that is also polished.

    At this point enter Harry. A fellow wood worker who happened to have some hardened piston rods laying about. He kindly offered them to me because he didn't have the time to make burnishers out of them. I accepted his generous offer and promised to save one of them for him.

    Several days ago these hardened steel piston rods arrived in the mail and I decided that I would make new handles for them right away. I needed a break from my ongoing projects. So I selected some Ash and Walnut from the scrap bin. I used 1/2" copper pipe for the ferrules. I was surprised how quickly the process went. I managed to rough the blanks, drill the holes, mount the ferrules and turn all the handles all in about 1 1/2 hours. That includes giving them several coats of BLO allowing them to dry.

    I the chucked the steel rods into my lathe and sanded them all the way up to 2000 grit. You could see your reflection in them once I was done. After that I glued them into the handles (using thick CA glue) and buffed the completed burnishers using a Beall Buffing System.



    Like I said, one of these is going back to Harry, and I'm keeping one. The other two will be sent to two other deserving (fledgling) wood workers.
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Dominic, those look really great!

    Piston rods, what are they from a Harley?

    Cheers!
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    Valve Stem rods from a 4 cyclinder Jeep

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Dominic, those look really great!

    Piston rods, what are they from a Harley?

    Cheers!
    Well, the gent who gave them to me just informed me that they are valve stem rods from a 4 cylinder Jeep. Oh well.
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Valve stems... That's what I thought they are. Turned wrenches for an awful long time but never saw con rods like those! Tools look great and a good way to recycle too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominic Greco View Post
    Well, the gent who gave them to me just informed me that they are valve stem rods from a 4 cylinder Jeep. Oh well.
    Yep, that is the usual item used to make burnishers, I guess they just lop off the valve heads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Royall Clark View Post
    Valve stems... That's what I thought they are. Turned wrenches for an awful long time but never saw con rods like those! Tools look great and a good way to recycle too.
    Conrods, yeah, they look a WHOLE lot different, and would needs some SERIOUS time polishing to make them smooth

    I was thinking more the long straight rods that went from the camshaft to the valve rockers in the older NON overhead cam motors, but maybe they are not hardened I know they have a hole in them for oil to the rocker arm too....?

    No matter where the steel came from those are very nice burnishers!
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    scooter push rods are not hard enough to burnish with.
    nice work dominic!
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    Great work Dominic! I'm sure that those will put a nice burr on any scraper.
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    They all look very nice, Dom. Do you use a burnisher on your turning scrapers, or just your card scrapers?
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    Not to sound like a complete rookie here or anything but is the only purpose of a burnisher to roll a burred edge onto scrapers? Sorry for the dumb question, never knew of a burnisher before

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    Wished I hadn't put the push rods from tractor engingine in scrap barrell. They would have been good.

    Thisis a great project.

    Ray Gerdes

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