Corn Cob Back Scratcher

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Project by GaryK posted 11-18-2008 03:29 AM 15795 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I have posted a project, huh?

After building my squirrel picnic area, I was replacing an old cob with a fresh one.

Then I got an itch between my shoulder blades and used the old cob to scratch it.

It felt great! Fantastic even!

Hence, here is my latest creation. They are so easy to make. Just any scrap wood laying around for the handles
(Mine are 5”) and a piece of 3/8” dowel (about 18”) and a dried corn cob (about 4”).

Total length is about 24”

No real precision involved either. Just a hole in the handle and cob a little glue insert the dowel and you are done!

I got the dried corn in the garden dept of Lowes and about $6-$7 for a whole bag. If you don’t have squirrels to eat the corn off you can just scrap it off.

After you buy the corn it basically is the cost of a dowel for each one.

This is a batch I made for my family.

They make great useful gifts. Christmas is getting close!

If they are too rough for you, then you can just sand them a little smoother.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 11-18-2008 03:47 AM

wow…you need to get a patent on this one!!! cool…I love the picnic area too…that is awesome!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 11-18-2008 03:48 AM

Just don’t leave those hanging near the outhouse, or folks might think they’re for a different purpose. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-18-2008 03:53 AM

Charlie, Charlie, Charlie- it’s even worse if they, then, use the cob for a pipe.

Neat idea, Gary!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-18-2008 03:56 AM

Leave it to charlie to think of the outhouse. :-) Great idea

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 11-18-2008 04:16 AM

I like the picnic area, thanks.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#6 posted 11-18-2008 04:41 AM

Finally a project I can copy and say just like Gary’s. <g>
I really like the picnic area. I’ll have to get a couple of those up soon.

What a mind.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#7 posted 11-18-2008 05:38 AM

Nice idea Gary!

Do you know if that squirrel happens to be a “cornhusker” fan?

-- Martin, Kansas

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#8 posted 11-18-2008 05:53 AM

I too LOVE the squirrel picnic area!! I think the table and benches are a nice, thoughtful touch!! Gary you should’ve used these for the scrap contest again!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 11-18-2008 06:44 AM

Hey Gary! Great squirrel picnic area…very creative. Your back scratcher idea is very cool as well. In fact, so cool that someone is already selling them at Thanks for sharing both projects!

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#10 posted 11-18-2008 06:44 AM

Clever idea, Gary, but we’re expecting to see another post from you soon showing a few made from exotic woods, inlaid with ivory, maybe handcrafted gold bands, and spiral turned dowels! ;-)

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 11-18-2008 06:48 AM

On second thought, maybe you could set a few diamonds and emeralds to replace the corn kernels! Then market them for a few hundred thousand to Niedless Marcup (or is that Nieman Marcus?) for their Christmas catalog.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 11-18-2008 01:51 PM

Gary, youn are genius. I liked the corn scratcher as well as the squirrel picnic area.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 11-18-2008 03:16 PM

I’ve got 3 back scratchers or I’d buy a couple Gary. I have an itchy back. I think that means something Pyschologically. The technical term is crazy, I think. lol

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 11-18-2008 03:28 PM

Great idea, Gary. However, since I installed the garbage disposal, Moondog is out of work. The dishwasher has Carleen down to half time. If I got a back scratcher, she would be plumb out of work like Moondog and would get bored.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 11-18-2008 03:38 PM

Leave it to you to take a kernel of an idea and turn it into something brilliant. Pretty darned cool. A little corny but cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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