Beading tool, has any one made one at home?

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Forum topic by albachippie posted 04-29-2010 11:33 AM 1464 views 2 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2010 11:33 AM

Hey fellow LJs, I am currently trying to replicate part of an old front door for a customer. The bottom edge has some rot in it, and rather than make a complete new door I want to replace the bottom style. The problem is that there is a small bead feature running up one side, at about 4” from the edge. I need to replicate this and thought the best way would be to use a bead plane. Looking around, they come in at about £130 for a cheap one! I don’t want to spend this on a one off project, so, has anyone made one of these, or have any other ideas on how to achieve this?
Bead Plane
Thanks in advance,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 12:57 PM

What you are looking for is called a scratch stock

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 02:36 PM

You could make a couple of passes with a router and a face-beading bit or you might be able to find a moulding plane on ebay.

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 02:52 PM

Dave Moore posted a fantastic video of how to make a scratch stock on here a few weeks ago: The design is very similar to the one posted above, but I think Dave goes into a bit more detail on the construction.

-- John

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#4 posted 04-29-2010 03:07 PM

JohnnyW -

Good find. I really prefer the holder that he has for the scratch stock. Much more stable design. The other one in the video I posted would be more prone to shifting.

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#5 posted 04-29-2010 04:14 PM

I have used old sawzall blades, they can be ground to the profile you need and they can fit a Stanley #66 beading plane, or perhaps a frame of your own making. Make sure, if you happen to buy an old #66, that the blade retainer is in good shape.

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#6 posted 05-01-2010 09:34 AM

Thanks guys for your help. I’ve never heard of a scratch stock before! Looks perfect for the job.

Thanks for the videos too, they’re great. I feel a project coming on…....!

I’ll post my results soon

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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