The Scratch Stock – Part I
I had a great day in the shop. I started by dimensioning stock for my next project which is now stickered and adjusting to the shop environment. I also started experimenting with hide glue . . . more on that in the future. I also made a scratch stock. After following Crazy Leg Federal Table forum project on The Rough Cut Show, I started working on developing skills anticipating building a similar table. I thought the scratch stock would be a fun little project to end a great day in the shop. Well, I was right and wrong on that account!
My first scratch stock was inspired from a Garret Hack design built by Kari Hultman on her blog The Village Carpenter. Unfortunately, there was a sickening sound of splitting wood and mine broke in two pieces as I tightened the retainer screws. In retrospect the two screws likely produced too much force and I should have allowed more end grain length. Not about to be defeated and leave the shop disappointed, I powered up and built another with a slightly modified design.
Version II sports steel reinforcement that also serves to keep the blade secure from racking in the slot. These are quick and easy to build. Now I just have to get some time to shape the cutter!
Click here to see completion of this scratch stock with a quirk bead blade
Some interesting scratch stock resources:
Beading with a Scratch Stock - FWW
Scratch Stock – Kari Hultman • Village Carpenter
Scratch Stock Moldings – Shavings and Sawdust
The Venerable Bead – Lee Valley Project Article