Back Scratcher-This is a Tool

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Project by doubleDD posted 12-05-2018 02:14 PM 1230 views 1 time favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a back scratcher in the shop. This time of year my back starts itching for some reason. ( must be from the heat) I have no corner walls to speak of in the shop where I can rub my back against to relief the itch so a scratcher was needed. It’s 23’’ long with a curved handle of a 1 1/2’’ arch which makes it easier to reach the spot with less effort on the arm and shoulder. Pic 3. If you have a bad shoulder like mine you know what I mean.

I made it out of quarter sawn white oak and finished with danish oil. All the cutting was done on the bandsaw and used a belt sander to shape the rest. I found out if you keep the edges more square on the busy end it will perform much better than rounding them off. It gives you more of a scratching feeling rather than just rubbing your back. Anyway it works great and custom fit for the shop. I think a couple of these as Christmas gifts will be in order too. LOL.

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

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#1 posted 12-05-2018 02:20 PM

I would need 2 … 1 for shop and 1 for inside ….. love the curve to make it easier … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 12-05-2018 02:21 PM

as they say necessity is the mother of invention,looks like youve solved your problem dave.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 12-05-2018 02:26 PM

Handy, Dave! Well done!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 12-05-2018 04:12 PM

Nice Dave :-) I like the idea of not breaking the sharp corners. It’s a back “scratcher”. It’s supposed to draw blood ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 12-05-2018 04:38 PM

Good job Dave, I think I’d need an even bigger curve, no flexibility left in me. Got to go, I feel like rubbing my back on a door frame!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 12-05-2018 04:39 PM

Good scratcher!

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 12-05-2018 05:22 PM

Great job buddy. Looks good.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 12-05-2018 05:54 PM

I presume that you made that from “Scratch”.

Yes, I know and I have been at it for many decades now!

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

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#9 posted 12-05-2018 06:13 PM

Hi GR8HUNTER. I think I’m going to make another for myself too. Why have one when you can have many.

Thanks pottz. For some reason my back isn’t itchy today but I know it’s coming. LOL. Yes very necessary at times.

Thanks Dave

Hey Ken, I like that,draw blood. Sometimes I think that’s what it takes to get rid of the itch.

John you are right about the bigger curve. It makes it a lot easier. I used a 2’’ x 2’’ blank but a 3×3 would be better.

Thanks Rick.

Thanks hoss.

Ralbuck, I made it from a piece of scratch wood. LOL.

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

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#10 posted 12-05-2018 06:15 PM

All I can say is “Ahhhhhhh!”

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#11 posted 12-05-2018 06:19 PM

I mast have one these :) :) :) !!! HAHAHA
Great job buddy !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#12 posted 12-05-2018 08:23 PM

Good work…you know how useful it is when you need it and you don’t have it…and hands are too short!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 12-05-2018 08:48 PM

Great one Dave, need a couple down here for summer, you have started something by the comments. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#14 posted 12-05-2018 08:55 PM

Nice, Dave. I have one that’s kind of similar, but I did round off the “fingers.” You’re right – doesn’t quite scratch the itch. Next one’ll be more like yours.

-- Just make the cut

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#15 posted 12-05-2018 09:24 PM

Nice one Dave. They are might handy! Your skin gets dry in the cold weather.. hands start to crack too.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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