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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Episode #107 – Engagement Chest Update & Scratch Stock in Action

Shop Made Scratch Stock in Action!

I had a very productive day in the shop yesterday. I even had time to shoot a bit of video showing the scratch stock in action. I had time to practice with the scratch stock and developed enough confidence to put it to use on the engagement chest.

Engagement Chest Dry Fit

As an update on the chest, I have completed veneering the 8 panels, cut the curves on the bottom rails, cut the panel grooves in the rails & stiles and cut the tapers on the legs. I even had a chance to scratch quirk beads on the panel rails. They turned out great and it was very satisfying to know that they were done with a tool I made myself!


Chiefwoodworker said...


Great video. The beading tool has inspired me. My brother gave me about twenty old wooden planes with various trim profiles including the quirk bead. I had planed to keep them in a display cabinet in my office. After watching your video I think I will sharpen up a few and put them to work. Like you, I like hand tools, especially those that leave a handcrafted signature.


David Pruett said...

Joe -

Always great to hear from you! I am enjoying your Shaker clock build. Thanks for the comments. Hopefully we will see some photos of those old wooden planes . . . ?


Mark Mazzo said...


Nice work on the beading tool and the chest.

I will be needing to make a similar tool shortly - I need to scratch the channels for the string inlay on the Hunt Board. So, I have watched your posts closely. Great idea to use the Dremmel for creating the profile!

My version will likely need an arm to extend further into the work piece and a thin more saw-blade-like cutter, but you've given me food for thought.

Keep up the great work!

The Craftsman's Path

David Pruett said...


I have plans to make some additional scratch stock models now that I appreciate their utility. I want to build a beam stock similar to a marking gauge and a stock with a curve fence for curve work.

I found the Dremel tool works great and there are a number of fine stones available for grinding and polishing blade profiles. It can certainly get you very close for a square profile that can then be fine tuned with files.

I am looking forward to continued work on your Hunt Board.


Shannon said...


Enjoyed seeing your scratch stock in action. One question comes to mind though with this detail. When would you choose to use a scratch stock over a moulding plane. I understand the uniqueness of the hand made scratch stock but you could feasibly creat your own moulding plane too and it seems you would get a faster and smoother cut.


David Pruett said...

Shannon -

Great question and I agree 100% with your comment. Perhaps a molding plane or two is in my future! Right now I am a bit fascinated with the scratch stock. I have to say, the scratched profile is pretty smooth.


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