Handy tools #4: Scratch stock

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 05-02-2018 01:06 AM 1159 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not quite a project, but definitely a handy tool. While making the box for the 2018 box swap, I decided I needed to add a little ornamentation, so I built a scratch stock to put a bead along the edge of some of the pieces. Because there were concave curves to follow, I needed to make the end rounded (I used a 1/2” radius to match the curved pieces I’d made). Then I cut the wood in half, stuck in a piece of steel filed to a profile I liked, and screwed the wood back together.

Here’s a test piece I did in some walnut to see if I could follow a curve and to get a little practice before starting to use it for real.

I can pull out the blade and make at least three more profiles on it, and I can adjust it in and out, depending on what I need. Turns out to be a darned handy tool.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-02-2018 01:12 AM

Agreed, very handy tool. I’d consider it a project, you made a tool. It’s functional and works as intended. Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 05-02-2018 01:27 AM

I agree.

Great project actually!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 05-02-2018 09:25 AM

Definitely a project Dave. I wouldn’t know how to make or use such a tool…...I learn more every day here on LJ’s. Thanks for sharing.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 05-02-2018 10:34 AM

Good job, Dave. I like it!

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#5 posted 05-02-2018 11:19 AM

Thanks guys.

Kelly, you just pull or push it along the edge of the piece of wood, letting the end of the metal take off a thin shaving every pass. You “sharpen” it by filing the edge square.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 05-02-2018 11:55 AM

Looks to be a handy idea Dave. May have to put this on my list.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-02-2018 12:05 PM

I’ve got a Lie-Nielsen beading tool that’s based on the Stanley 66 already Dave, but that couldn’t track the 1/2” diameter corners I wanted to follow. So it’s far from an original idea, but it got the job done for me.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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