Making and Using Scratch Stocks

$125 usd
Sat Aug 17, 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Artisans Guild, 181 W. Jackson Street, Millersburg, OH, USA  

Instructor Charles Murray will teach students how to file and shape spring steel blanks into useful molding profiles and then show how to use the newly made tool. Students will be equipped with spring steel bits and a pre-cut bit holder to be used while cutting profiles. One side of the cutter will be shaped into an ogee and the other side will receive a reed profile, making a double-ended bit. The shop-made tool will then be compared to the commercially made scratch stock tool, the Stanley 66.

Primary Skills Taught in this Class

  • Basics of molding design and function
  • What type of steel works best for cutters
  • Cutting, grinding, and filing cutters
  • How to hold and use a scratch stock tool

Class Prerequisites

There are no critical skill prerequisites for this class; however, a general exposure to woodworking concepts is assumed.

Tool List

The following tools are required in order to fully participate in the class:

  • Safety glasses
  • Scratch awl
  • Files
    • Flat, single cut file
    • Half round, single cut file
    • 6” extra slim (the kind used to file hand saws)
    • Various sizes of chain saw files


There is an approximate $15 materials fee for the steel and pre-cut stock holder used in this class. Materials provided through the Guild are paid for at the time of class. Be prepared to pay for materials on the first day (cash or check please), payable to the instructor.

Other Information

Charles Murray

The Artisans Guild, 181 W. Jackson Street, Millersburg, OH, USA
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