A scratch stock is a simple tool – sort of a combination of a scraper and a moulding plane – for scratching in a profile (typically a bead or other simple shape). And while it’s fairly easy to make a scratch stock out of scrap wood and a piece of thin steel (such as an old sawplate), Hock Tools offers a solid and relatively inexpensive alternative made out of tough bamboo plywood, with edges that are eased for comfort.
The 3⁄4″ x 11⁄2″ x 43⁄4″ tool comes with two .05″-thick spring steel blades, one of which is a blank that can be cut, ground and filed for any profile; the other is a bead (shown in the photo) that was ready to use after I took just a few strokes with a needle file, then removed the burr with a slipstone. (Additional blade blanks are available in packs of four for $6.)
The tool can be used with the blade secured in one of two slots; in both, the stainless steel set screw locks it tightly in place. (I bore down hard in an attempt try to dislodge the blade, and while I was able to make it shift, I was applying far more pressure in that attempt than would ever reasonably be exerted in use.)
From the April 2013 issue #203
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