Scratch stock

  • Advertise with us
Project by rrdesigns posted 06-27-2011 07:12 PM 4765 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the homeowner wants to remove an old trash compactor and add access to the back of a sink on a counter that extends into the room. No problem, right? Only the original doors were made on a shaper and no router bits can be found that match the profile components close enough to create new cabinet door frames. Enter the handy scratch stock. I made a card scraper (at the grinder and with a hand file) from an old saw blade to match the door frame pieces. Inserted it into a dowel and added two fences ( Then I duplicated the panel using my tenon jig at the tablesaw. Several hours of scraping (27 linear feet) later, and presto, new cabinet doors that match the original. And I learned a new trick to boot.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

10 comments so far

View getlostinwood's profile


224 posts in 2022 days

#1 posted 06-27-2011 07:28 PM

Very cool, I was just reading about similar methods in FW this month, gonna hav to try it

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

View mafe's profile


11061 posts in 2509 days

#2 posted 06-27-2011 07:42 PM

Really nice.
Fine that a simple solution can solve a ‘complexe’ problem.
Well done.
Best thoughts,

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

View Broglea's profile


677 posts in 2510 days

#3 posted 06-27-2011 10:02 PM

Nifty jig and the nice looking door too!

View CharlieM1958's profile


16229 posts in 3638 days

#4 posted 06-27-2011 10:15 PM

Great ingenuity!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View Wayne's profile


196 posts in 2013 days

#5 posted 06-28-2011 02:43 AM

A well executed plan.
The more I browse this site , the more impressed I am with the creativity here!

View Joeshop's profile


49 posts in 2537 days

#6 posted 06-28-2011 03:05 AM


Great job !! But having access doors exactly where they are needed for plumbing repairs seems almost like cheating. Either that or a stroke of genius. I’m jealous and will probably be everytime I need to work on sink plumbing.


-- ~You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.~ - Joe

View BarryW's profile


1015 posts in 3326 days

#7 posted 06-28-2011 04:15 AM

absolutely slick….

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

View jcees's profile


1011 posts in 3219 days

#8 posted 06-30-2011 02:01 PM

Bravisimo! Way to adapt, improvise and overcome. Nice.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

View dubsaloon's profile


621 posts in 2214 days

#9 posted 07-04-2011 09:10 AM

Now that is customer service!! Wonderful Idea. Thanks for sharing it is inspirational.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

View CFrye's profile


8566 posts in 1259 days

#10 posted 10-30-2013 05:00 PM

Hi Beth! Found this on a Google image search WayneC posted about scratch stocks for a possible tool swap. I thought it looked like a Tie fighter from StarWars and had to check it out (son is a big fan). The door you made with this tool looks like the original right next to it. Wow! Well done. Thanks for sharing your work and the link.

-- God bless, Candy

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics