A Scratch Stock

Scratch Stock Holder

I realize that making and using a scratch stock to shape a special profile is not new, as a matter of fact it’s been around a lot longer than I have (and that’s quite a while) but this week was the first time I have had the need for such a tool.

Profile Maker

I’m currently repairing and refurbishing an old six foot dinning table that collapses in on itself to become a 20″ wide side table. The mechanism under the table is a series of short sliding dovetailed rails that fold in on each other allowing you to expand and contract the table. I was very impressed that someone came up with this idea more than 80 years ago.

Table Mechanism

The table was missing all of the leaves for the extension, which is no problem. However I could not match the profile on the top edge with any of the router bits and molding heads that I have. so I made a profile on a piece of old card stock and then designed a holder for the blade.

If you have any need for this specialty tool you can download the FREE PDF file here Scratch Stock  🙂

There will be a plan available for this cleverly designed dining table in the very near future

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049 Plinko Candy Dispenser (FREE)

This  Plinko candy dispenser was created by Steve Ramsay from Woodworking for Mere Mortals.

Plinko Candy Dispenser

Plinko candy dispenser

I just re-drew his plan candy dispenser plan because I thought it would be fun to draw. What a great project for a grandparent or parent that is looking for a unique gift. You could adjust it so that it holds ping pong balls or something similar if you do want to add to their sugar intake. Either way have fun with this project. It might make a great project to build with your kids as well.

I know everyone in the family will enjoy this unique project and what a great conversation piece.

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088 Bat House Plan (FREE)

The Bat House:

Bats are a great natural control for pesky mosquitoes and this bat house will help to attract them to your backyard oasis. This weekend project will help you enjoy your backyard during the warm summer months. These little creatures consume several times their body weight in mosquitoes every night. I have shown their home in wood tones, however they really should be painted black (bats enjoy a very warm abode). Mount your mosquito catcher house on a sunny wall high up on a wall to keep them toasty while they rest during the day.

The critter house has dividers inside and will hold approximately 200 bats There is also a ventilation slot across the rear to allow some fresh air in. I have had two bat houses up and occupied for the last 10 summers and very seldom see a bat. If you provide a home for them it will stop them trying to find an access in to your attic and there by solving another common problem.

Bat House

Forget the store bought bug zappers build your own and lower the mosquito population in your backyard. I have had two of these on my house for about 10 years and have yet to actually see a bat. I just know there there by the droppings underneath.

Free Download: Bat House Plan

Enjoy natures bug zapper!

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081 Dovetail Key Jig (FREE)

A very basic built jig for your router table that will produce great results for that special box that you just created.

Not only will this jig give you added strength to your mitre joints, the dovetail keys bring your project to the next level.

Build time should be about 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Jig Download: Dovetail Key Jig

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077 Circular Saw Cut Guide

Easy to build and even easier to use. This jig will give you an exact alignment edge after your first cut. When you construct the jig make the T (fence) a little oversized, then when you make your first cut it will provide you with an alignment mark for accurate cuts with your circular saw.

The jig shown in the plan will handle boards up to 18″ in width however the jig is so easy to build, I would suggest making a couple of different sizes just for ease of handling. The jig is just a great way to give you quick alignment and accurate cuts. If you are measuring from the left end of the board allow (add) the width of your saw blade for accurate cuts.

NOTE: This jig is designed to work when cutting with the waste to the right of your cut-off line.

Free Plan: Cut-Off Speed Square

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3 IN 1 Planing Jig (Free)

3 IN 1 Planing Jig (Free)
For years now I have made and used three separate jigs when using a hand plane. By combining all three into one I have now saved valuable wall space (where I hang my jigs) and the convenience of having all three planing jigs available in one place.

The first part of the jig is a normal bench hook which is an invaluable tool in any shop, simply hook it over the edge of your bench and plane and cut to your heart’s content.

The second part of the jig was the edition of the sub base which in essence turns the bench hook into a shooting board.

The shooting board is used to trim end grain, square the end of a board, fine tune a tenon, or create a chamfer – just about any job that requires your work-piece to be held quickly and securely without having to clamp it down.

Finally by adding the removable miter fence you can shoot your delicate miters accurately and efficiently on the planing jig.

This jig is a very basic woodworking tool but a must for anyone that does even the smallest amount of hand work in the shop.

Jig PDF Plan # 071 ….. Download HERE

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Band Saw Re-Saw Jig (FREE)

Another FREE plan

This plan came about after watching a video from the Woodworkers Guild of America. The host explains the procedures to build this simple jig for re-sawing on the bandsaw. I thought a few pictures might add further clarification. 

If you have ever tried to re-saw a board on your band saw you’ll appreciate how difficult to maintain a straight line will cutting your board. With the single point fence you can control your work-piece and follow your cut line very easily.

Download here: Bandsaw Point Fence

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Exact Width Dado Jig (Free)

FREE Exact Width Dado Jig

This exact width dado jig is very similar to the one that Marc Spagnola of the Wood Whisper.com built during a recent Guild Build. Marc posted a You Tube Video showing the construction of the jig. This is a similar version of the jig that I’m using as a sample of my plans. The actual plans are even more detailed and usually range from 10 – 20 pages in length.

If you ever use sheet goods for shelves mounted in dados in your case sides you will appreciate the accuracy you can get using this exact width dado jig. This jig is designed to dado boards up to 24” in width. Simply clamp the jig and work-piece to a work surface, set your fixed fence on the line for your dado insert the actual shelf, snug the moveable fence up to your shelf and lock it down. Now using your router with a guide bushing and spiral or straight bit (smaller than your dado) rout along the fixed fence and return on the adjustable fence….. and presto perfect dados.

Jig Plan (Free)

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