The Importance of Scraping

When we talk about skills that are essential for working on machine tools, scraping is among the most important. Fundamentally, it’s the best way to restore “flatness” to machine ways that have become worn and damaged over time. Restoring those critical surfaces—just like waxing a pair of skis or resurfacing an ice rink—enables “like new” performance, as the machine contact surfaces can once again glide with precision accuracy. Peiffer’s experience with this technical art form is unparalleled. Our own Dale Harring provides some personal testimony about scraping, as well as a brief tutorial. If you’d like to learn more, check out the See Our Work section for examples of projects involving scraping.