The Power of the Simple Scratch Stock
Low-tech tools do things that routers can’t
Synopsis: A simple tool made up of a wooden holder and a flat metal blade, the scratch stock has been used for centuries to create custom molding profiles and other decorative details. It still comes in handy for those occasions when a router bit doesn’t fill the bill. David Moore makes scratch stocks in batches, shaping the cutters with files. Even when using router bits to do the heavy work, he often refines the profiles using custom scratch stocks. These remarkable hand tools can do any job from simple beads, to inlay, to complex molding profiles.
From Fine Woodworking #220
Learn how to make a scratch stock here
The router is a wonderful tool for creating moldings and decorative details. There are bits that produce roundovers, ogees, ovolos, scotias, and astragals, to name a few. But despite the growing field of router jigs, bits, and accessories, there are still times…