Scratch Stock

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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 09-17-2011 09:12 PM 5623 reads 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have recently embarked on a journey to make hand tools by hand – for the most part. This scratch stock is a design I saw in one of the most recent Shopnotes issues. The one in the magazine is made from tiger maple, I have no such material. This one is made of walnut. The blades are made from the leftover backsaw blade that I used for my card scraper and burnisher. Each blade was cut to width and lenth with the help of a cutoff wheel, then they were shaped by hand using a grinder and files. The profiles are provided in the plans. The fence can be positioned so that the tool can be used for projects with straight edges or curved edges. I am most proud of the hand made brass screw that holds both parts of the tool together. I couldn’t afford to buy one so I made one. This is how the whole thing turned out.

Scratch Stock and friends

The slot in the main beam was cut by hand with a pull saw. The fence was cut out with a coping saw. Both were new skills for me.

The screw and the washer are the personal touch to this project. I made no attempt to smooth out the hammer marks that were made during the peening process.

It just made sense to use both ends of the scratcher blades.

Using a file to turn a piece of brass stock from 5/16” to 1/4”.

Using a 1/4-20 die to cut the threads.

Peening the head (sorry for the blury picture)

Finished with my first handmade brass screw.

It took a little longer than a weekend to make. It was good to learn some new hand tool skills. Thanks for taking the time to look.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 12:45 AM

Nice Job Doug, that’s a Great Looking Tool…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 03:26 AM

Very nice tool and nice blog. I am always impressed with some of the inovations and inventous ways of making tools. Thanks for the blog

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 05:29 AM

Very nice,my first scratch stock is pretty crude compared to yours. In fact the only similarity is mine is also made out of walnut and has a part of a hack saw blade for the profile. It is a really handy tool though.I bet mine has done half a mile of beading!!!!VBG

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 05:36 AM

very cool!

now I have yet another tool I want to make and don’t have the time for it – thanks a lot!

Are you using this one for inlays? or profiling?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-18-2011 03:23 PM

very nifty. I’m sure those scratchers work nicely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 09-18-2011 11:26 PM

Really nice, I love homemade tools and this one is a wonderful example.
You have made a really fine job.
Now you can give little details to projects in the future.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 11-12-2011 04:07 PM

Nice one. I’ll have to find that issue and give it a go.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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