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Project by rrdesigns posted 07-22-2011 03:37 PM 2743 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the homeowner wants to remove an old trash compactor and add access to the back of a sink on a counter that extends into the room. No problem, right? Only the original doors were made on a shaper and no router bits can be found that match the profile components close enough to create new cabinet door frames. Enter the handy scratch stock. I made a card scraper (at the grinder and with a hand file) from an old saw blade to match the door frame pieces. Inserted it into a dowel and added two fences (http://www.popularwoodworking.com/articleindex/jig-journal-sliding-head-scratch-stock). Then I duplicated the panel using my tenon jig at the tablesaw. Several hours of scraping (27 linear feet) later, and presto, new cabinet doors that match the original. And I learned a new trick to boot.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs



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posted 07-22-2011 09:25 PM

Very impressive! 27 lineal feet is a major undertaking. I just encountered a similar dilemma replacing some exterior trim on my home. I had an 18 inch section that needed replaced out of about 30 lineal feet of trim. There was nothing close available from any of the local lumberyards and no router bits could easily duplicate it. So rather than tearing out and replacing a large amount of perfectly good trim, I was able to fabricate a scratch stock in about 30 minutes, and in about another half hour i had my replacement trim. I am a believer in scratch stocks now!

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posted 07-22-2011 11:46 PM

My WORD! 27 feet!! That was an undertaking. I think several hours might be an understatement. I have seen and used scrapers that would really get the job done but this was a JOB!! Congrats on the ingenuity and sticking with this. The finished product looks great.

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posted 07-25-2011 05:58 AM

Great solution!

I had to replace some of the particle board siding on a Street of Dreams home, after the old had been badly water damaged. I could not find replacement material, so I went and got a bunch of cedar from a big box. To get the pattern I shopped Western Tool’s selection and found a large router bit, which would get me a ways on copying the pattern. I was able to remove the bearing and grind off its mount. This allowed me to keep moving the fence and pushing the cut farther into the wood. In the end, you couldn’t tell where the cheap siding ended and the wood siding started.

I find it wildly amusing to be happy at having been able to copy trash and make everything blend.

For some door trim I had to copy, I was able to use about five different router bits and a minute amount of sanding to replace a damaged section.

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posted 07-30-2011 05:21 PM

I love the results. I am sorry but I have to ask, I am such a newbie at this but what did the wood scratcher do other than smooth your planks?

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rrdesigns

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posted 07-30-2011 09:40 PM

A scratch stock acts like a router bit or shaper and actually carves a profile into the wood. The only difference is your elbow grease provides the motor to make it work.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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