scratch stock molding

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Blog entry by davemoorefurniture posted 04-07-2010 09:14 PM 4678 reads 19 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to start by saying thanks to all the positive people here on LJ. I posted a video last week,, and got some very nice responses and a warm welcome. To give a proper thanks to the LJ community and to contribute to the advancement of all our skills and enjoyment, here is another video.
This video is on scratch stocks; a simple way to make molding. In combination with the router I show how to design and make a cutter that creates a delicate bead and blends a curve to form a nice, simple, attractive molding which is then used to make a mirror frame.

Thanks again, LJ



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#1 posted 04-07-2010 09:36 PM

Great video Dave. You have opened up a whole new area for me to experiment with! Thanks.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 10:53 PM

another great vidio covering one of the old tecnics
I look forward to see the next 100 from you
ceep let them coming you do a great job


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#3 posted 04-07-2010 10:58 PM

Thanks Dave; you’ve obviously got an amazing talent for woodworking AND tuition. I’ll definitely be having a go at this soon.

I’d read about chainsaw files before, but never seen one, now I know what I’m looking for.

-- John

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 11:22 PM

Thanks for the video. You are very talented.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#5 posted 04-08-2010 12:03 AM

Great video. Very informative.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#6 posted 04-08-2010 12:06 AM

very nice video… where did you get your files from. they seem to just fly through the metal. sorry if you mentioned that in the video. my speakers have been broken for about a week.

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#7 posted 04-08-2010 02:06 AM

TWW, that was the same question I had. Those files are amazing at removing the material. Any links to manufacturers would be appreciated. In the video it just says they’re chainsaw files – but are they any specific kind? I’m not familiar with chainsaw files at all.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#8 posted 04-08-2010 06:32 AM

Great video. I see the potential. What other tricks do you have up your sleeve?

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#9 posted 04-08-2010 01:05 PM

Dave, this is a pretty informative tutorial. It certainly takes the mystery out of using scratch stock to make custom molding.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 04-08-2010 03:08 PM

that was a great video,you are destined to teach!thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#11 posted 04-09-2010 02:20 AM

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. The chainsaw files are from McMaster-Carr. They are cheap so I recommend buying every available size at once since the cost of shipping will probably equal that of the files. Otherwise, pretty standard but obviously sharp. Keep them clean and don’t allow them to bang into each other every time you open your tool box and you’re good. I love tools. Ciao.


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#12 posted 04-09-2010 03:01 AM

Awesome, I was looking at McMaster-Carr’s website last night for bearings… Those things are surprisingly cheap for how well they cut.

Edit: Just ordered one of each :)

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#13 posted 04-09-2010 03:07 AM

very nice vid. i just have one question though, what kind of wood was used for the pic. frame? It came out very crisp the miters and the profile.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 04-09-2010 02:42 PM

is the largest one they have 3/8”. the larger one you had looked like it was much bigger than 3/8”... also how thick is the metal that you used. it looked like it was about a strong 1/16” but i’m just curious

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#15 posted 04-17-2010 06:08 PM

Clear, concise and very informative. A very professional video on an underused tool and technique. Well done, Dave. I look forward to seeing more from you.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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