Playing Around with Carving #6: Finished my carving fixture

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 07-31-2011 01:08 AM 6701 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Fixture to hold work for Relief Carving. Part 6 of Playing Around with Carving series Part 7: Putting my carving fixture to work »

I got my carving fixture completed today. Now I should be able to make some more progress on the carving. Been going slow because I have been focused on rehabilitation of my leg. Finally able to put a little weight on it (30%) and this means increased exercise, physical therapy and such. I’m still adjusting to the new level of activity.

The fixture is made from some borg 3/4”by 24” by 24” plywood squares. I laminated two sheets together for the top to support being able to put in some dog holes and use various devices such as wonder pups and carving screws. The dog holes are 3/4” and were drilled by hand using a forstner bit.

The other wood parts come from cull box at Home Depot. I always check it for usable wood. In the past I have found sheets of hardwood faced plywood with a little damage for around $4 per sheet.

This is intended to be used on top of a work bench. For the time being I will be using it on a portable work table.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 04:31 AM

Wayne, it looks pretty dang functional.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 04:32 AM

Very nice idea with the clamp table, I may borrow the idea one day when I get back to carving. I do search the cull cart every time I go to HD or Lowes and sometimes you find great items that have nothing wrong with them except they have not sold. I got 7 pieces of step treads just over an inch thick and 35” L x 10” wide. Yes they were glue ups but with a very nice beautiful veneer covering the top and bottom so it looks like a full width board. They were perfect for the tool shelves I needed in my new expanded workshop! and only 3 bucks each.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 05:00 AM

Looks great now I need to build one lol

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 02:48 PM

Great job Wayne. Looks like it will be a great help.
I’m looking forward to seeing the carvings.

p.s. hope you get back to full fitness very soon.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 05:31 PM

Thanks Murch.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 07-31-2011 06:08 PM

Sweet ihave got to make one of these. Thanks Wayne hope your leg grts better.

-- Billp

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#7 posted 08-01-2011 05:56 PM

Looks Great!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 08-01-2011 09:37 PM

You did exceptional on a first for carving Wayne. Love the set up. You definately have the knack for it. That is very cool, 3 of those would look great on the front of a chest.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 08-02-2011 02:10 AM

Thanks Mike. I have a long way to go with carving. I do enjoy it so I will keep after it. Hope your back is better soon.

Thanks Bill and Chuck.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 08-03-2011 03:39 PM

Nice and simple.
I can see you are getting better and better with the carving.
Makes me think of my Festool MFT3 table.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 04-16-2017 12:40 AM

I just punched myself in the face for not finding and favoriting this before now.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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