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"