Scratch Stocks – Simple Tool for Simple Moldings

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    • Thanks a bunch Jack! Don’t know how I missed that post on your site. I usually follow your musings fairly closely. I’ve never bothered to harden a scratch stock blade since I’m typically only using them for a very short time, but I think I’ll try it next time.

      Loved this line by the way:

      “bland routered mouldings have all the charisma of injection-moulded plastics.”

      I couldn’t agree more.

  1. You’re making a joint stool? So I’m guessing the wood is still pretty wet.
    Thanks for posting this, I was under the impression that a scratch stock was just for making narrow grooves.

    • Well, it was really fresh and green when I started. However, the stock has been sitting around for over a year now so it has seasoned quite well at this point. This was a group build project that I started with my woodworking club, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, we had to put the project on hold. We’re just getting back to it now. The stock is quite a bit harder to work now that it’s dry. But still not as bad as kiln dried wood.

  2. Bob,
    Picture # 3 with the final profile completed states: “The 5/8″ wide flat area that is filed lower than the profile will be used to consistently place the scraper blade the correct distance from the fence in the wooden block each time it is removed for honing.”
    I assume from this that the honing process (done only on the flat sides) is to again create a sharp 90 deg. edge for scraping once the profile starts to round over, and this can be done until the blade becomes thin enough to start flexing, at which time it becomes useless. Correct?

    • Exactly. You won’t make it too thin though unless you use it for a bunch of different projects. I think I only honed this one two or three times for the four stretchers I had to do. Plus, these things are usually single use tools. I don’t find that I typically use them again unless I remake the same piece. I’m going to try hardening the blade next time though, as suggested by Jack. It should cut down on the number of times it needs to be honed.

  3. My first introduction to using scratch stocks was when I was making my joint stool and I’m sold on them. Looking forward to seeing the finished stool.

  4. Great idea. I have s small section of molding I need for a restoration project. I can copy the damaged molding and make a scratch tool. The molding is only about 2 feet long and about 4 inches wide.

  5. It would be nice if someone came up with the idea of a skewed moulding plane. What if you wanted to mould the end grain, 4 sides its impossible without big tearout. Im not eactly sure how it can be done but it would nice.

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