Making A Scratch Stock

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.Table Mechanism

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.

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 a specialty tool you can download the PDF file Scratch Stock    IT’S FREE 🙂

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



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Wheelbarrow + Jig #117

Wheelbarrow Plan

Wooden Wheelbarrow


Plus Bonus – Bandsaw Circle Jig

This wheelbarrow is a fun practical project that will offer a few challenges to build. In order to make the front wheel for the wheelbarrow you will need to cut nicely rounded circles. To help you accomplish the perfect circles I have included a circle cutting jig for use with your bandsaw. No bandsaw –no problem cut out the circle with a jigsaw and fair a smooth circle. I used 2 pieces of ¾” plywood laminated together to make-up my wheel material, however any material that is 1 ½” thick will do the trick. The cut-outs in the wheel look great but are totally optional and serve no purpose other than make your conversation piece look cool. I just drilled holes and cut away the bulk of the material and then routed them smooth with the use of a MDF template and a flush trim bit. The side frames and the leg extensions of the project are 1 ½” thick for strength. I used spruce / fir to keep the costs down. If you want to make the Cadillac version you could use and 8/4 hardwood such as oak. I have provided a template which you can enlarge to a 1:1 to make it easier to match the curves. The actual shape of the curves is not crucial as long there is a flat area to secure the barrow portion to the side frames. The box of the wheelbarrow is assembled with a version of a lap joint. The trickiest part is getting the correct angles when cutting your locking slats, but every project needs a test to keep you on your game. Overall the wheelbarrow is a simple yet useful project with a minimum number of components and a few challenges along the way. Have Fun! Bruce

If you are interested in ONLY the circle jig (Plan #30) you may purchase it HERE


WB PDF Plan #117 ………….   Just $5.95

Wheelbarrow PDF

Sketchup File #S-117 …   Just $6.95


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Wheelbarrow Bundle #PDSU-117 ……   ONLY $9.03

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Now get out there and put your new Wheelbarrow to use! 🙂
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Design Service

Custom Design Service Available

Do you have a special project in mind? I will work with you to develop a workable plan. The cost is totally dependent on the complexity of the project. 

A custom design (plan) starts as low as:  $25.00

A typical project plan can take two hours or three days to prepare, however you will only be charged for the actual drawing time. A written estimate will be provided and approved by you prior to any design work commencing.

In order to keep your costs lower and if you agree when the plan is complete it will become the property of and may eventually be posted to this website.


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A Deposit MAY Required After The Estimate is Approved!

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Mortising Jig #100


Mortising Jig


The Mortising Jig

This mortising jig is the easiest way to create mortises in the ends or sides of rails and stiles. The jig was designed to make use of shop-made floating (loose) tenon joinery.

When mounted on your workbench it provides a stable accurate platform to rout your mortises on the ends of your rails for the floating tenons. Turn the jig around and now you can clamp your workpiece horizontally and you are mortising the rest of your cross rails.

The jig is designed to work with a handheld router and your guide fence, making accurate mortises every time. 

Made to work with shopmade tenons, just roundover the appropriate width and thickness of material cut them to the required length and you have inexpensive floating tenons for strong M&T Joints.

NOTE: Fine Woodworking tested the strength of standard integral tenons and loose tenon joinery and found no difference in strength. Enjoy your new practical mortising jig!

Jig Plan PDF #100 ……… $3.95

Mortise Jig PDF

Jig Sketchup File #S-100 ….. $4.95

Sketchup File Purchase Both Jig Files Combined … Save 30%

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Pocket Hole Jig PDF Plan 097


Shopmade Pocket Hole Jig

Pocket Hole Jig

Avoid the high cost of commercially made a pocket hole jig and make your own for a fraction of the cost.

As convenient as these jigs can be some people just can’t justify spending over a hundred or even two hundred dollars for the Cadillac version.

I found a simple way to turn the Kreg KJHD jig into a versatile bench-top unit for a fraction of the cost. Any other pocket-hole jig could easily be adapted to work as well as this particular model

You can even add dust collection for the cost of a plastic DC port.

Easy to build and even easier to use!

Pocket Hole PDF Plan


Sketchup Drawing #S-097 Just $2.95

Sketchup File

Purchase both Jig Plans and >>> save 30%


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Box Joint Jig w/ Micro Adjust #094

Box Joint Jig

Adjustable Box Joint Jig

Each time I build a project that requires box (finger) joints I scab together a quick jig and have at it. I guess I have been lucky as it works out most of the time however I found out that sometimes you just have to be accurate especially with wide panels.

My last project required a box joint on 12 ¾ “sides. My test pieces worked out fine so I went ahead and cut the work-pieces. Unfortunately my test pieces were only about 3 ½ “wide. When I fit the 12” boards they started out great but by the end they were out and did not line up. The moral of this story is jig accuracy is vital over a long span.

So I designed this jig with micro adjust capabilities now I can dial in the exact width between the cut and the registration key, down to thousands of an inch.

Jig PDF Only # 094 …. $1.95


Just $2.95 for the Box Joint Jig Sketchup File #S-094

Sketchup File

$3.43 for the PDF & Sketchup Box Joint Jig Bundle >>> save 30%

Jig Bundle

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083 Dual Purpose Jig (Free)

This jig will provide clean accurate cuts with the circular saw or router

Dual Purpose Cut off Jig

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Dovetail Key Jig (FREE) #081

Dovetail Jig

FREE Dovetail Key Jig

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.


Happy Woodworking

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075 Shop Made Track Saw w/ Riving Knife

Track Saw with Riving KnifeShop Made Track Saw w/ Riving Knife

Recently a friend of mine had a mishap with a circular saw this track saw will help to eliminate that problem. Kickback with a circular saw is in my opinion one of the most common injuries. I started out by designing a sub-base plate so I could install a splitter (Riving Knife) to help avoid this issue. I decided to widen the base plate so I could run it in a guide similar to the commercial (and expensive) saws in the market place. I always wanted one but couldn’t justify the cost. As an added bonus when you cut into the sub-base for the first time you create a zero clearance kerf which means less tear-out. The jig is wide enough to crosscut a 4 x 8 sheet however it could be any length you desire. I added a mortise and tenon to the ends so I could add an extension piece and cut the full length of the 4 x 8 sheet.

Saw PDF Plan #075 ……. Only $4.95

Track Saw PDF

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