Homemade Scribe

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Project by Woodshopfreak posted 03-24-2008 10:48 PM 7266 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a really, really simple, yet effective thing that anyone can make. I decided to make some dovetail joints, or at least atempt :), but without proper tools that will be difficult so I decided to get some tools (I’m still working on geting those) But I didn’t want to buy a scribe since it is so easy to make, I simply cut about an 8 inch peice of dowel, drilled a hole that’s 1/16 inch in the end, and pushed a needle in tight. Then I cut a oval-ish shape on the bandsaw, and kinda sanded it. Then I cut a 5/8 inch hole which happend to be really tight on the dowl, so no screw stop was needed, it is simply friction held in. It is all made of poplar (I don’t know if I spelled that right) Olapsed time: 5min :)

Overall this is a really simple and fast solution to makeing a scribe, instead of buying one.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#1 posted 03-24-2008 10:58 PM

Looks effective. Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 11:31 PM

looks cool. its diffidently a better solution than buying an expensive one. i use a utility knife right now but i’ll agree that these are more precise and better for the type of job. great job!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-24-2008 11:51 PM


This is a very useful tool. Very ingenious of you to build something like this.

Good job.

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

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 12:39 AM

Nice! Looks very handy and there is nothing better than to save a few bucks by making it yourself. Good work.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 12:52 AM

Hi Tyler;

This is something you’ll be able to use for years.

Nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 04-01-2008 05:14 PM

Nice the dowel even has some nice figure for Popular….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 04-01-2008 07:28 PM

Nice way to solve a problem. Keep using your head Tyler.

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#8 posted 04-04-2008 07:29 PM

Easy to make, but a very useful tool. Nice job Tyler.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 06-06-2010 06:13 PM

So easy and so usefull

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#10 posted 06-06-2010 06:15 PM

good job

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 06-06-2010 06:56 PM

Tyler, Like you, I prefer to build tools such as this. Nice job and very functional. I doubt this would see too much strain, but for some projects like this, you might need to concern yourself with grain direction of the stop. Since this one is friction fit you’ll probably be fine but with a screw holding it in place, you’d want to take that stress into account.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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