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My First Workbench #40: Leg Vise Chop Carving Finished

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« Part 39: Leg Vise Chop Carving Update III Part 40 of My First Workbench series Part 41: Leg Vise Chop: Seating the Garter »

Well, after two sweaty hours out in the shop today in ridiculous humidity, I was able to wrap up the last of the carving and put on the final touches.

Here it is with the basic shaping and sanding complete.

Then I went back with two different sized nail sets and gently hammered in a scale patter on the dragon heads and necks:

And finally used my carving chisels and chip carving knife to cut the year numbers.

Now it’s time to put a coat of clear shellac on the carving (those teeth are small enough that I want at least a minimum of protection…) and star work on mounting it to the bench!!

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com



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Don W

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#1 posted 322 days ago

Sweet…...

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#2 posted 322 days ago

Well done, Steve! I see you kept the flames/carving tool marks.

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#3 posted 322 days ago

Thanks Don, Jay. Yep, kept the flames. Couldn’t not keep them with dragons as the main subject lol. Now I’m trying to figure out a way to darken the dragons and keep the background lighter and give it a bit of a protective seal at the same time…

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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#4 posted 322 days ago

Very nice job, Steve. Very impressive! Could you use a torch on the dragons while covering the flames with some protective material?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 322 days ago

Don: Maybe. Not sure what protective material I’d use. Or what torch for that matter. With my grace, I’d end up needing a new house after that lol My kids magic markers are looking better and better…But…having the wood burned would be awesome!

-- Steve http://vaughtwoodworks.wordpress.com

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#6 posted 322 days ago

shouldn’t the flames be red? Just sayin. :-)

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#7 posted 322 days ago

Nice work Steve. I love the design. I have a barometer plaque in my shop with a 3 dragon heads intertwined which was carved by my son in school and which I am rather fond of.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 322 days ago

Nice work Steve. I love the design. I have a barometer plaque in my shop with a 3 dragon heads intertwined which was carved by my son in school and which I am rather fond of.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 322 days ago

Fantastic. It’s really cool to see how far you’ve come in just a year.

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#10 posted 319 days ago

great job, love the design too!

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