I am thinking of making a wooden fixture to hold the work piece when doing relief carving. I am trying to work around several constraints. For example, I really do not have access to the tools and equipment in my shop at the moment, so I am thinking of using common lumber that can be obtained from the local Home Depot or similar big box store. Also moving around the work is a hassel with my broken leg, so I would like to be able to be able to quickly rotate the work piece. This makes me want to avoid using double stick tape like we did in the class I took last weekend.
I came up with the following design in my head this morning. Basically it is a flat surface made up of two pieces of 3/4” ply wood laminated together with glue and screws. I am planning to use some 1” x 3” softwood to make a fence that will be used to support the item as it is clamped into place using some Veritas wonder pups. The surface would be drilled with 3/4 dog holes to allow me to secure the pups. I would use 2” x 12” supports to attach the top to a another sheet of plywood. This sheet of plywood would be used to clamp the top to a workbench or to a portable stand such as a work mate. I see cheap work mates on craigslist all the time and was thinking of picking one of these up to use until I am able to get back into the shop. The fixture would look similar to the drawing below. The top drawing shows the work top from above. The yellow circles show the dog holes. The fence is in dark blue.
I am planning to attach the 2” x 12” supports to the top using pocket hole screws. I am also thinking about angeling the top. I’m not sure which would work best.
Here is what the wonder pups look like….
Feedback would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you have a recommendation related to portable workbenches, I would love to hear it. Thanks….
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