Scratch stock

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  • #133455
    dborndborn
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    I am curious if anyone has made their own scratch stock.. I am working on a couple picture frames and would like to make a more detailed molding to them. My thoughts are to make an ovolo shaped scratch stock using an old saw blade and making a holder out of scrap wood. To make the shape of the ovolo molding, I would use a rabbet plane and hollow and rounds, but to ensure the same consistency and to remove any undulations over the length of the molding, I will use the scratch stock.

    I’m curious if anyone has any thoughts or experiences in this process?

    Thank you,
    Dan

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  • #133456
    Brett aka PheasantwwBrett aka Pheasantww
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    @pheasantww

    I am not clear on what you mean by scratch stock.

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

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    #133457
    redwoodredwood
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    @redwood

    This might be useful. Cheers

    #133458
    David PerrottDavid Perrott
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    @dperrott

    I’ve been thinking of making one of these. Veritas is selling a wooden and metal version. I was thinking of making a wooden one and buying the cutters from them.

    #133460
    dborndborn
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    @dborn

    I have been thinking about the cast iron scratch stock because lee valley is having a free shipping event right now. But making one from scraps is free.

    I will probably just make one like this..

    #133531
    dborndborn
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    @dborn

    Here is my first attempt at making a scratch stock molding. I need practice, not only using it but sharpening the blade.

    Next blade I make will have a longer blade so it’s easier to adjust.

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    #133534
    dborndborn
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    @dborn

    @redwood I did watch that video and maybe the next attempt at making the scratch stock holder will be more like that one. I like how stout it is and it appears to be easier to handle than the original one I made.

    Cheers!

    #133582
    Scott ChensodaScott Chensoda
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    @scottchensoda

    @dborn I use a basic Garrett Hack style one, which is ideal for adding a small relief to the edges of doors, mullions etc just to break up the expanse of timber showing. You will see that it’s imperative to lap and polish all surfaces of the blade which includes the edges. The finer they are, the finer and easier the cut.

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    #133652
    dborndborn
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    @dborn

    @scottchensoda that was a good video, thanks for sharing.

    #133716
    Scott ChensodaScott Chensoda
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    @scottchensoda

    My pleasure young Dan.

    #133723
    Scott ChensodaScott Chensoda
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    @scottchensoda

    Here’s the one I made Dan and I did consider making it nice and shiny and maybe I will one day. The wood = scrap – the cutter = cut from a Bahco scraper – the wingscrew = £10 with p&p. Ouch but worth it.

    #133791
    dborndborn
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    @dborn

    That is a mighty fine looking scratch stock!

    I treated myself to this http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,230,41182&p=73766 and some spare blades. I am still going to to work on making my own scratch stock profiles for moldings, I just wanted a little help with getting started.

    cheers!

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    #133798
    Scott ChensodaScott Chensoda
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    @scottchensoda

    Thanks Dan but it really is so simple to make. Mine was from a scrap of walnut and is so light and comfortable in the hand but as I said it is only a basic one.

    I did in fact look at that Veritas one Dan but roughly what you pay in the states we would pay the same in GBP so £60 for the tool plus the 8-blade set was a bit out of my range. Unless I risked serious injury from the FPO for over spending. She carries a pretty mean right hand and does a good impression of Sugar Ray Leonard when she’s annoyed!

    I would appreciate you letting me know how you get on with it, a kind of informal review if you like, as I’m still harbouring desires about it. The thought occurred to me Dan, have you got a slipstone set for keeping the blade edges nice and true as that is so important?

    #133800
    dborndborn
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    @dborn

    I have a soft Arkansas slip stone. It will work fine with larger radius beads and reeds, but I think I will need to get a narrower slip stone eventually or adapt a cheaper stone, like what Garret Hack has done. I haven’t had much time to play with the scratch stock yet, but what I have done, I’ve noticed shavings to clog in-between the body and blade. Easy fix is keep a knife close by to clear the shavings.

    #133806
    Scott ChensodaScott Chensoda
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    @scottchensoda

    Can I recommend the Henry Taylor Slipstone Set to you. They are teardrop shaped and the radii are 1/16″ – 3/16″ and 3/16″ – 1/2″ and can be bought in the US here

    #133910
    dborndborn
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    @dborn

    That is a nice price for those slip stones. I will probably order a set, I just need to make sure my current slip stone will not work.

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