The Woodworkers Back Scratcher

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Project by doubleDD posted 03-27-2020 06:07 PM 721 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I knocked my last scratcher on the floor and was in the middle of a glue up and forgot about it. When I finished gluing I walked around the bench forgetting about it and stepped on it and it broke in half. Being a necessity item I quickly made another one. Looking at a bunch of scraps I decided to make to whole thing out of them.
A scratcher on one side and a mallet on the other. With the head at a 90 it works great at getting to every spot.
14’’ long, perfect for my use, I can reach any part of my back.
Made of maple, bamboo, zebrawood, Makore, and box elder. Finished with danish oil.
Last pic shows it being hung at an easy access spot.
A nice 2-fer for shop use.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-27-2020 06:16 PM

Nice, Dave! Just be careful you’re using the right end if you go to scratch your head with it!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 03-27-2020 06:32 PM

This one looks really nice and much stronger than the last one you made Dave! Looks like a dual purpose item. I bet you could even tenderize meat with it or hemmer in a peg also! Just kidding! LOL! Well done my friend! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 03-27-2020 06:35 PM

very cool and will probably be one of the most used tools in the shop

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 03-27-2020 07:00 PM

great way to showcase all those different wood species.
Very nice work.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#5 posted 03-27-2020 07:47 PM

When I saw the head line “back scratcher” I thought it would be nothing, but that is cool! nice job

-- Petey

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#6 posted 03-27-2020 07:47 PM

nice combo scratcher and mallet,gotta make one myself ive been really itchy this year.

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

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#7 posted 03-27-2020 09:07 PM

Excellent “combo” tool. Kinda like when you get an itchy nose when full shielded in a spray booth applying a quick dry lacquer, You can cop a quick scratch when doing some chiseling 8^)

I like the proposed idea of tenderizing your chops while working in the wood shop as well.

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#8 posted 03-27-2020 09:29 PM

Gotta agree, nice 2-fer for the shop! I like the fact you have a spot for it on your bench leg. Well done!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#9 posted 03-27-2020 10:07 PM

Looks a little aggressive, just what I need. Nice job!

-- Rich

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#10 posted 03-27-2020 10:48 PM

Dave, that is a great combo tool!! Nice work on it.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 03-27-2020 11:47 PM

Now that is one useful tool!.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 03-28-2020 12:56 AM

Nice one Dave, could have many uses in the shop.

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

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#13 posted 03-28-2020 03:15 AM

That’s fine work Dave, nice addition to your shop! Do you get to use the branding iron often?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#14 posted 03-28-2020 03:56 AM

Thanks Dave. I already used the wrong end trying to get to the right spot in a hurry, thank goodness it wasn’t my head.

Hi Tony. This one is smaller and has more beef to it. Idon’t think I need that to scratch my back but that’s how it turned out. The dual purpose has already come in handy a couple times today. Meat tenderizer? that’s the first thing that came to my mind. LOL.

Dick I was just saying that it was used a few times today and works good too. Less clutter around the working area too.

Anthony, when I started to think about it I figure why not get rid of more scraps instead of making them. Winner both ways.

Thanks Petey. If you’re going to have a scratcher in the shop why not make it a tool. haha

Pottz I’m with you. My back itches more lately that ever. Must bethe time of year.

Thanks splintergroup. Funny yo mentioned that. I was spraying lacquer today and suddenly had to stop and use the scratcher.

Thanks kdc68. Yea a place for it right where I do the most work was a perfect spot to hang it.

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

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#15 posted 03-28-2020 04:17 AM

Thanks Rich1955. Let me tell ya this thing gets in there and destroys the itch.

Thanks Jim. Why have 2 tools when you can do with one. LOL.

Thanks Chris. Like you said it is a tool. Gets used more that a lot others.

Thanks Bob. As long as it has one use it can stay in the shop otherwise it’s gone LOL.

Thanks John. I don’t use my branding iron much anymore. That’s a ink stamp and I prefer to use this now. That brown color ink does make it look like its branded.

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

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