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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-01-2016 11:06 PM 801 views 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a back scratcher kit from Craft Supplies that is fitted with a fluted 16” mahogany shaft. It was turned to 3/4” and then fluted with a 3/16” ball cutter. This is for me and I wanted it to work but when it came, the little fingers at the end were ball shaped and would not scratch at all…so I modified them to be thinner but not sharp. The third shot shows how I sanded them flat. I found that these kits are not solid brass like I thought.
I fitted my routing fixture to fit to the new lathe and added some shots of the shaft being fluted..using my new index wheel. I usually have the part held in a chuck when I do any routing on it, but I did not think about it and used just the drive center and it held fine.

It is finished with Danish oil and clear gloss lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

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





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lew

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#1 posted 12-01-2016 11:12 PM

I’ll bet you were just itchin’ to get that done!

Neat fluting jig!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Alongiron

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 11:13 PM

I like those little projects. They “feel” so good!!

One day this spring I going to drive up North to see your shop and watch your magic!!

Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 12-01-2016 11:45 PM

Thanks Lew and Steve.

Hi Lew, you know I used it for a half hour and it really works good!!

Hi Steve. I’d love to have you stop over. . I think you are south of Indy if I remember. You might be taking some wood home with you!!

cheers, Jim

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 11:49 PM

That’s quite a Hand!

You’ve really got your Hand on it…

COOL….

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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ZAGREB

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#5 posted 12-02-2016 12:00 AM

I”ll made one at once tomorow
Great idea
you made it perfect as usual
in our age that can be better than sex
have a nice day,Jim

-- bambi

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 12-02-2016 12:16 AM

Looks good Jim. I see that indexing wheel is working great. Going to try something on mine tomorrow before posting.
Looks like someone fell and scraped their fingers on the concrete. I still look for a corner wall. LOL. I have to come up with a collapsible one for my sister-in -law. She keeps bugging me.

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

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 12-02-2016 01:08 AM

Ouch Jim. That’s one hell of a scratcher.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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bushmaster

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#8 posted 12-02-2016 02:59 AM

had to check out your scratcher but was very interested in your fluting jig. I made a indexing plate for the lathe I built and was wondering how to do something like that. Also what are those two shafts behind the lathe for?

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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majuvla

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#9 posted 12-02-2016 04:52 AM

Wonderful handle,those grooves look pretty cool and ’’gold’’ hand is just match.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Druid

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#10 posted 12-02-2016 07:23 AM

Nice project, and I like your adaptation of your router to the lathe. Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 12-02-2016 10:41 AM

Another nice piece Jim, a back scratcher is a must for us old buggers.

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

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CFrye

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#12 posted 12-02-2016 03:04 PM

Good looking back scratcher, Jim. Props on the router fluting set up! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 12-02-2016 04:08 PM

Thanks Joe, Bambi, Dave,Tony, Brian, Ivan, John, Bob and Candy!!

Hi Bambi. I see you’ve done it . Nice going!!

Hi Tony. I rounded the edges so it does not take my hide off!!

Hi Brian, those two piped behind the lathe are 3/4” conduit and my light travels on them.

Hi John. I saw that some guys do the routing horizontally from the front but I chose to use the top and let gravity help me. The tops tilts both ways to follow an angle if the piece is tapered .

Cheers, Jim

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

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splinterbubba

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#14 posted 12-02-2016 05:14 PM

Good lookin and it works what a great combination….

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 12-02-2016 05:43 PM

Thanks , Bruce!!

Jim

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

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