Traditional Scratch Stock
Create custom profiles with this heirloom tool that you can build in a weekend.
While a router is the first tool many woodworkers think of for creating a profile on a workpiece, there’s another tool that’s perfect (and in some ways better) for the job — a scratch stock. This traditional tool uses a thin steel cutter to shape a profile using a scraping motion. This high-angle cut produces a smooth surface. In addition, a scratch stock can make details that are more intricate than those on router bits. Finally, you can make your own cutters to match unique profiles or existing moldings. Building the scratch stock shown here is a good way to use a special piece of highly figured wood. And it only takes a few hours to make.
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- Metric (unavailable)
What You Get:
- 8 pages of step-by-step instructions
- 25 full-color photos, illustrations and exploded views
- Full-size patterns
- Retail sources for hardware and supplies
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.