Have an Itch for Stop-Flutes … Scratch It

I’m in the early stages of making a set of eight legs with stop-flutes. (Shown in the opening image with more tweaking necessary.) I looked at and for any quick way to make these involved legs. With all the studying, I turned back to a method that’s been used for hundreds of years, using a scratch stock. In fact, I am using two setups.

You might think making the scratch portion of these simple tools – the metal bits placed in the wooden stocks – is a job in itself, but it is relatively easy. I had a few small pieces of metal from a store-bought scratch stock to work with, but any old scraper or handsaw you’re willing to cut up is all you need.

Marks On Marker

To layout out the design I needed, I bypassed having to have any layout fluid – I don’t keep that in my woodworking shop. I cheaped out and grabbed a trusty black Sharpie. (Worked like a charm.) I laid out the design and used a couple of files to make the image come to life. One of my files was a round chainsaw file.

By scratching the stocks back and forth between a couple of plywood walls in a jig setup at my lathe, I began to bring the finished flutes to life.

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— Glen D. Huey

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One thought on “Have an Itch for Stop-Flutes … Scratch It

  1. I made a couple of those after watching you make a couple for our Guild, and they came out great.
    They really added flavor to the small legs I turned for a foot-stool I was making.
    Keep up the good work Glen.
    We really appreciate it.

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