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Relief carving easel using re-purposed satellite dish hardware

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Project by Richard549 posted 07-29-2014 04:56 PM 978 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Being a Master of Making Do With Less I love making new jigs and fixtures for my wood working/carving. When I can use re-purposed material to make something for a fraction of the store-bought cost, I’m all in.

After months of looking at the abandoned satellite dish on the side of my house I decided to remove the eye-sore and put it to good use. By removing everything except the tracking adjustment mechanism and mounting the device on a home-made bench dog I had a great support/adjuster for a carving easel. As time passed, I added a set of stop blocks and a light support. Total cost, maybe a few bucks.

I added a photo of one of the carvings I made using this tool for authenticity.

-- Richard in Oroville





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Matt

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#1 posted 07-29-2014 05:01 PM

I have two such dishes on my roof from the previous owner… and I now have a new project to add to my list. This is a great idea!

How are you clamping the pieces?

Nice fish by the way!

-- I do this for fun.

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#2 posted 07-29-2014 05:31 PM

You did a good thing in so many ways. Well done!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 05:41 PM

great Idea

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#4 posted 07-29-2014 07:49 PM

What a great idea! Added it on my todo-list. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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#5 posted 07-29-2014 08:46 PM

Great idea! Would it hold up to mallet blows?

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#6 posted 07-29-2014 09:02 PM

Yes, it has done well when I use my medium size home built mallet and large Ashley Isles carving gouges. On this easel I am usually working with 12” x 12” x 1” pine or basswood stock. If I have to remove a lot of wood I will use my bench dog. Where this easel comes in handy is when I need to do a lot of positioning and detail work.

-- Richard in Oroville

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#7 posted 07-29-2014 10:06 PM

That is using everything, including your head, to make use of something you were going to throw away!
Nice job!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 07-29-2014 10:39 PM

Great idea—I can use it. Nice carving as well.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 07-30-2014 12:30 AM

Thanks Richard…might try to find one. Nice fish.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#10 posted 07-30-2014 10:28 PM

I happen to have a bunch (20 plus) of these particular DirecTV dish pieces sitting in my warehouse collecting dust. If anyone wants one or two or or more, message me and you can have them for free. We have not used any of our surplus DTV dish parts in a long time and I would just assume pass the parts along for nothing, rather than add them to a landfill.

-- To Steal Ideas From One Person is Plagiarism; to Steal From Many is Research…

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