Back Scratcher

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 02-21-2020 10:28 PM 672 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sweetie mentioned the other night that she needed a back scratcher. I did a quick search, and saw Bambi's take and figured I could knock something together pretty quickly, even without a shop.

I bored a hole in a piece of cherry I had laying around, cut it off the board, then glued a piece of broom stick into the piece of cherry. I shaped it quickly on the belt sander, which I dragged outside (who needs dust collection when you’ve got New Mexico winds to blow the dust away?), then clamped it to a pallet sitting on the tailgate of my pickup, and sawed some teeth in it. Then it was back to the belt-sander for final shaping, and then cleanup with various grits of sandpaper.

A quick coat of BLO, and my honey has a new back scratcher. I’ll cut the broomstick down to length and clean it up after I give it to her in a bit and can measure exactly how long she needs it to be. Pretty good use of an afternoon, I think.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 02-21-2020 10:32 PM

is an awesome bear claw you got there to itch that itch LOL :>))

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

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#2 posted 02-21-2020 11:08 PM

Nice, Dave. You just have to show that to an itch and it will run away.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#3 posted 02-21-2020 11:11 PM

A Jim Dandy back scratcher, job well done Dave.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 02-21-2020 11:19 PM

Thanks, gents! Might not be as delicate or pretty as some, but it was pronounced “a lovely present!” I’ll take that.

I’ve got some bent pieces of chamisa laying out in the yard that might work too, but this was the quickest solution I could come up with today.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 02-22-2020 12:13 AM

A fine looking tool you’ve made Dave!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#6 posted 02-22-2020 12:38 AM

good timing dave ive had real issue’s with an itchy back this winter so this is on my soon to do list,thanks.

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

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#7 posted 02-22-2020 12:54 AM

Nice work Dave. looks like a real scratcher. I had to make one last year to take care of the itch.

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

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#8 posted 02-22-2020 02:29 AM

Thanks, John and Potts. I remember looking at yours too Dave, and that’s the kind I was thinking of making at first, but I worried about the short grain in the “fingers” breaking. I’ve got some bent pieces of chamisa (a woody shrub) out in the yard, and maybe I’ll try making one with that and finding out if chamisa is at all suitable for woodworking.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 02-22-2020 02:47 AM

That’s what I like about woodworking, you can create something that is useful as well as beautiful. 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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#10 posted 02-22-2020 03:08 AM

I like the design and will be making a few of my own. Sorry, but I do plan on swiping, I mean borrowing, your idea. LOL. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#11 posted 02-22-2020 03:52 AM

Thanks, Tom.

Steal away, Mel. I’ll be shaping the handle more tomorrow and will post updated photos, but it’s very usable now.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#12 posted 02-22-2020 01:56 PM

Great ides and looks simple to make. Always the ideal project. I’m betting my cats would like it too!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 02-22-2020 03:38 PM

Thanks, Jeff! Yeah, I should’ve carved it with saws or knives, rather than shaping it on the belt sander, but this way went pretty quick, and I didn’t have to find any more tools than I already had out.

Might need to scale it down a little for the cats. I think the broom stick would be too big for their little paws. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 02-22-2020 08:37 PM

My back started itching as soon as I started reading your post ;+)

I see you used your portable workshop and a bit of ingenuity while you wait for the permanent shop. Nice grain on the scratcher. I’ll bet you can also use it to scratch your head???

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#15 posted 02-22-2020 09:51 PM

Itching to try making one… Just gotta learn to ignore SWMBO and develop a backbone!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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