Shop Built Hand Tools #9: Scratch Stocks put to use

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Blog entry by USCJeff posted 08-01-2012 05:20 PM 1638 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got a chance to put the scratch stocks to use in a project versus simply playing with them after they were built. My Serving Board project post yesterday was the first use on a finished project.

The pinstripes that form a square about an inch from the edge were all made from a scratch stop with a “V” shaped profile made from some old piece of metal (jointer/planer blade, jigsaw, hacksaw can’t remember but have used them all). The fence kept it all uniform. I broke my tiny spiral router bit that came with an inlay kit so my normal tool of choice wasn’t an option without going shopping. In the end, this was faster. I will say that there is a larger chance of error with the scratch stock at least for me. A fence on my Bosch Colt makes it tough to cut off the line. The scratch stock can wonder a bit (especially with the grain) if not careful. To combat this, I simply scored the line with a marking knife and all was well. I’m not completely sold on them, but this won’t be the last I use them. Very fast. Quiet too. I work a lot after the kids are in bed, so that’s a factor for me.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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