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I know this sounds silly but my wife would like a back scratcher made. Anyone know of sample plans for this important item? Any do's or dont's when making one? I would think that the orientation of the grain and type of wood might be important. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Bamboo makes a great back-scratcher. Find a piece of bamboo that is alive, cut it off where it's about the diameter of a broom handle. Keep two entire segments with one having a "fork" of two small branches. Break-off each of said small branches at their first knuckles (about 2" from handle shaft). Let it dry.
This will serve you well for many years. Everyone in my family has several of these around their houses. Guests at our homes always want them too!

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Ron here is one I made many years ago, and still use it.

The dimensions are: OAL 19"
Handle: 1'X1'X3 1/2"long
stem: 5/16" X 1/2" X aprox. 12" long
top: 1" X 1/4" X 3 1/2" long

It takes about 10 min. to make . I cut it out of cherry on the band saw.

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Bamboo makes a great back-scratcher. Find a piece of bamboo that is alive, cut it off where it's about the diameter of a broom handle. Keep two entire segments with one having a "fork" of two small branches. Break-off each of said small branches at their first knuckles (about 2" from handle shaft). Let it dry.
This will serve you well for many years. Everyone in my family has several of these around their houses. Guests at our homes always want them too!

Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia
Good idea Otis, bamboo is not prevalent here,not to say it doesn't grow here, but only available if you find someone with some for landscaping. The things that can be built from bamboo are endless, great material.

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Thanks guys. That was helpful. I may doll it up a bit on the lathe. I don't know if I can get any bamboo around here but I will look.
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I know this sounds silly but my wife would like a back scratcher made. Anyone know of sample plans for this important item? Any do's or dont's when making one? I would think that the orientation of the grain and type of wood might be important. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
get a cat...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I thought of a cat but they hang around for up to 12 years and you have to feed them.
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I thought of a cat but they hang around for up to 12 years and you have to feed them.
then make it a dog...
total massages too...
bit of training curve..

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I made a whole bunch that were extremely simple but very satisfying to the recipient. All from dowel stock. Dimensions to suit. Here is what I used.

Head: 5/8", ca. 3" long
Teeth and shaft: 3/8", shaft length - whatever feels right
Handle: 1". ca. 3" long

Drill 4 equally-spaced holes in a line in the 5/8" head for the teeth. Glue in 3/8" dowels to protrude ca. 3/4" (or more if you want longer teeth.)
Drill another hole centered between tooth 2 and 3 in the head at about 45° to the tooth axis for the 3/8" shaft. Glue.
Drill the end of the handle to take the other end of the shaft. Glue.
Drill a last hole in the handle, if desired, for a leather hanging strap (shoelace?)

After it is all together, hold the contraption vertically at the desired angle and saw the teeth at an angle on the table saw. The sharp part is on the same side as the shaft. I try to get the blade as close to the head as I can to keep the teeth short, but that's just me.

It is important to cut the teeth carefully with a fine blade to avoid splintering. By the way, the sharper the angle of the teeth, the better it feels, so don't go crazy with the sanding. It can always be toned down if the user finds it too aggressive.

Finish however you wish. I messed around with different stains for the different parts, but that is fussy. Salad bowl oil makes a nice finish, but it is just as useful with no finish at all.
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Get a young child, and teach them a game called "guess what I'm scratching your back with" - works up to about age 9!
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