I had an hour to kill last night so I thought I would make something from my scrap pile. A month or two back, my kids broke the cheap back scratcher that just floats around the house. I had a piece of 4/4 white oak in my scrap bin that had a curvy grain pattern that looked similar to the old back scratcher, so I cut it out and sanded it down. It made a fantastic replacement. The wood was springy yet strong. So last night I decided to make another one, but with a twist. A co-worker had commented that he couldn’t find a good, long shoe horn anywhere. I thought: Why not combine the two? I grabbed another piece of white oak from the scrap pile. This one was 1-1/2″ x 2″. I cut it down to 18″ long and sketched the shape down the side. Took it over to the band saw and started cutting it down. I still had the 3/4″ blade installed so I cut a bunch of relief cuts to get around the curves, then cleaned them up on the spindle sander. Once I had the side shaped, I rotated it and layed out the adjacent side to roughly shape the shoe horn end. I used the spindle sander to shape the curves then trimmed the rest up on the band saw. The scratcher end is narrower then the horn end so I wound up with two half inch wide, 13″ long mini back scratcher shaped pieces of scrap. I sanded one down quickly to make a mini scratcher for my helper Adam and left it on his desk to find in the morning. I went back to the main project and rounded all the sharp edges, that I could, on the sander. I then moved to the bench and hand filed down the hard to reach inner curves. I did a quick final sanding with some foam sanding blocks, then filed in some teeth on the scratcher end. I don’t know if they help, but they can’t hurt… That done, I added a couple of coats of paste wax and was done. I tested the shoe horn when it was dry. It worked pretty well. So the next time you get an itch, pull a chunk out of your burn pile or scrap pile, look at the grain and see if it reminds you of something useful.