I am currently on the process of restoring an antique bed frame, in very very poor condition, the kind of job nearly impossible .. One of the challenges is that there were moldings on this bed, but actually I only have a few of them surviving, just enough for having an idea of the original profile, but definitely not enough to revive the bead from the death.
So I needed to remake the moldings, and I decided to go for a scratch stock.
I could have done it simple, but as usual, when an opportunity for a new tool appears, I cannot resist trying to make it pleasant ...
Actually, it's been a while I have been looking at the Veritas beading tool with desire and so I decided to take inspiration from it and here is what I ended up with :
Front and rear view:
Here it is a ball bearing based fence, for following any curved edge.
I am still on the learning curve, but I tried to decorate the front plate with a little bit of engraving. That's not yet what I would like it to be, but I'm making some progress....
Top view showing the straight version of the fence.
The fence has a little groove in it in order to allow some overlapping with the iron.
The tool in situ :
and here is the result on some cherry wood :
See the article on my Web site talking about this "tarabiscot" (the French for scratch stock) :
I explain how I make the iron and some details of the build.
La Belle Note - Tarabiscot
Please ask me any question if anyone needs more details.