Back Scratcher

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Project by Crushgroovin posted 10-14-2010 07:59 PM 2671 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had completely forgotten about a box full of Cherry & Purple Heart I had attempted to use for a cutting board. It was one of the first projects I attempted and was a complete fail. Fortunately even failed projects can be given new life. This is the first of the projects. A back scratcher from a kit purchased from Penn State. It took a few tries to get the sizes right, not having bushings makes for quite a bit of trial & error. It was about 3 inches longer in the beginning but had to cut off and retry a few times. Had to deal with quite a bit of tear out as the wood was Bone dry.I am very happy with the finished project as I get a scratchy back quite often! Finished with Walnut Oil & Brush on Poly.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 08:46 PM

Looks cool! Nice to see the lathe on the shopsmith can do that kind of work! I had been told by many that the Mark IV’s lathe wasnt the best.

-- Making mistakes is essential in learning woodworking.

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 09:03 PM

Very nice! I have a shopsmith too and I have never had a problem with the lathe or anyother of its machine adapters.

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 10-14-2010 11:04 PM

Very nice, I could use one of these.

At first I thought the first image was the back scratcher. That would really work great.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 10-14-2010 11:12 PM


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 10-15-2010 12:03 AM

I’ve been go8ing to make one for years :-)) Nice work!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-15-2010 03:32 AM


I tried some of the walnut oil on a bowl I made but Mimi said it left a “funny” smell- went back to mineral oil for food contact items.

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

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