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    Hi Everyone,

    If you've seen our current cover there is a small scratch stock in the background. I'm going to detail how I made it here.

    Even though it could have taken me about 15 minutes to cut the wood blank, shape / sharpen the screw and insert it I decided to make the hotrod version. I'm guessing it took me about 4 hours to complete it, but may have taken much more. The veneer work, and the design / completion of the carving is what took most of the time, and both are not at all necessary for this scratch stock to function wonderfully.


    This is my ancient scratch stock I made about 20 years ago. It's made from cedar, and doesn't hold a screw overly well. It's also not overly comfortable. Improvements needed to be made!
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    I put it up against some misc. scraps I had laying around to get a feel for size / shape. I wanted the new one to feel good in my hand, as well as work well.
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    In a pile of small scraps I have laying around was some bubinga.
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    One of the pieces was nicely shaped, and felt quite nice in the hand. I decided to get away from the square / rectangular stock and run with this.
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    I first shaped the piece a little bit. To add veneer to the outer curved edge I came up with a flexible platen and a caul with two pieces of wood on either end to transfer pressure to the outer edges. This will cause the caul to flex and apply pressure across the entire width of the workpiece.
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    Positioning things with a quick grip clamp.
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    Adding two larger clamps then removing the first clamp.
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    The first piece of veneer was now attached, but I had to let the piece dry. More tomorrow.
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    Rob Brown
    Editor - Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement
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    Re: Simple Scratch Stock

    Re: Simple Scratch Stock

    That does look interesting!

    Will the next one morph into a holder for a dremem tool ??
    Egon
    from
    The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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      Re: Simple Scratch Stock

      Re: Simple Scratch Stock

      Originally posted by Egon View Post
      That does look interesting!

      Will the next one morph into a holder for a dremem tool ??
      I'm assuming you mean DREMEL, Egon?

      Both this scratch stock, and a Dremel, are super useful, but they tend to be much different things. I generally use this scratch stock in two ways. 1) to quickly create the distant portion of a bead that's set back 1/4" or so from an edge, and 2) to create a small cavity set back from an edge so when I glue two pieces together any squeeze out goes into the cavity, rather than out the joint.
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      Editor - Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

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        Re: Simple Scratch Stock

        Re: Simple Scratch Stock

        My spelling ain't too good. As well my being able to mix up beading and scratching isn't too swift.
        Egon
        from
        The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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          Once the glue was dried this is what the piece looked like.
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          I trimmed as much of the waste maple veneer off with a carving knife. I had to be careful not to dig into the bubinga base.
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          To bring the veneer down nearly flush with the base I used a block plane.
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          A file flushed the surface, and got the base ready for a layer of veneer on both sides.
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          Layout the base on a piece of veneer to ensure the grain is running parallel with the straight edge of the base. Cut the pieces of veneer out, but leave them oversize.
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          Apply glue to both faces.
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          With two small cauls and some clamps I bring everything together for a few hours.
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          Last edited by Rob Brown; 08-04-2015, 05:37 PM.
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          Editor - Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

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            With the glue dry I roughly trimmed the veneer from both sides.
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            I then trimmed the ends of the piece on 45 degree angles. Because pressure has to be applied to a joint at a 90 degree angle I clamped a few pieces to the main base at a 90 degree angle.
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            CLamping the veneer to one end, then when dry, the other.
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            With the veneering done I sketched a few designs for the texturing of the sides of the scratch stock.
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            I made a scrap base and veneered one face of it so I could tell if the carving / texturing I was considering would look good.
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            I then laid out the angles / design on the sides.
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            And carved the outline of the texturing pattern.
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            I added the angled texturing next.
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            Last edited by Rob Brown; 08-07-2015, 06:24 PM.
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            Editor - Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

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            • #7

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              Re: Simple Scratch Stock

              dang that looks awesome!
              Name is Kamil

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              • #8

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                Re: Simple Scratch Stock

                Originally posted by kookie_guy View Post
                dang that looks awesome!
                Thanks Kamil!
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                Editor - Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

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                • #9

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                  Just completed drilling the hole for the screw.
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                  Finding a large enough slotted bolt was a challenge. After checking my ancient stock of old misc. hardware, then the big box stores, I found what I needed at a specialty hardware store. It needed to have it's slot deepened to cut with my Dremel.
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                  I sharpened the head of the bolt on my stones, and chucked the bolt in my drill to dress the outer taper. I needed the two surfaces to meet evenly and sharply at the corner in order for the scratch stock to cut nicely.
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                  Once the bolt was installed it was time for some test cuts. It worked!
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                  I applied a few coats of finish to the handle and let it dry. It's a breeze to use.
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                  I mainly use it for creating small grooves near the edges of mating surfaces before they are glued together. Stuff like small trim and misc parts, as glue will squeeze out if it has nowhere to go. The glue will go into the groove instead of squeeze out. As I mentioned above, this simple tool could be made in less than an hour if the veneering and carving wasn't included.
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                  Editor - Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

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                    Re: Simple Scratch Stock

                    Wow thats great Rob!
                    Mine looks more like your first one lol

                    Nathan

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                    • #11

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                      Nice work on that. Beautiful. I have seen them used for marking gauges as well. Even for marking the lines for tenon cutting. Use 2 screws for that. Love your workmanship.
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                      • #12

                        Re: Simple Scratch Stock

                        Thanks for bringing this thread up,I meant to build one when I first saw the youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7vHwEGoZko) but a scratch stock is one of those tools that if I don't have one handy in my shop, I'll use whatever else available . I totally forgot the promise I had made to myself to build one or (two), once my current project is finished I'll make a couple of these but probably not as elaborate as Rob's.

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