Carvers Bench - DIY

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Project by Bill Judt posted 02-12-2009 06:25 PM 49541 views 63 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch


• The bench top will tilt from flat to almost 90°

• The bench top will rotate through a full 360° in 45° increments

• The bench weighs around 140 pounds, but might weigh less if lighter wood is used. But weight can be added to the lower legs if so desired

• The bench can be disassembled for moving into six pieces – two sets of legs, a pair of cross members, the tilting mechanism and the bench top. It can be separated into two components for carrying – the bench top assembly and the stand assembly

• You can use fancy metal hinges, or make your own wooden hinges for the bench top

• Other than bolts, screws and a metal spring, there is no need to use any other material than wood for this project. Even the steel rod in the locking mechanism can be replaced with a hardwood dowel

• The power equipment used in this project is common to many shops.


Here is the WEB PAGE for this bench
PLANS for this bench can be ordered from this web page.



• Dimensions: 24” square x 39” tall

• Capabilities: tilts 0 – 80 degrees
and rotates 360 degrees

• Weight: about 140 lbs.

• Materials: Hardwood (in this case, Hickory)

• Tools Required: common shop tools

• Cost of Plans: $15 US, includes s/h

Contact for more information.

23 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-12-2009 06:28 PM

Very impressive. I’ll bet it is something you’d never want to live without now.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-12-2009 06:28 PM

Sweet! I’d love to have that to mess my carvings up on. LOL.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 02-12-2009 06:55 PM

VERY nice design…..eventually I’ll have to make one of those…...imitation is the greatest form of flattery.
The only change I might make on mine is to make the bottom legs adjustable for height, in case I want to work on something much thicker or taller….....thank you for sharing…..........................................................yoda

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#4 posted 02-12-2009 07:21 PM

That is great. I can see how that would really make a difference. Love it!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 02-12-2009 07:24 PM

Very nice – I have drawn up plans several times thinking about making one but just have not worked out the details to suit me. And, even though I am sure Lee Valley’s is an awesome bench, I’m not willing to spend $850 plus $150 S+H to buy one.

Just tried to go to your link above – somehow the word “for” has been attached to the address. Just need to delete the word “for” that is showing up just after “html” in the address – then hit go or send and the site pops right up.

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Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 02-12-2009 07:39 PM

Great Job. Do you ever have any problems with the bench moving when you use a mallet, are when your carving a harder wood.

-- Dennis Zongker

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John Gray

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#7 posted 02-12-2009 07:43 PM

WOW!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 02-12-2009 08:40 PM

This is a great bench. I can see a real back saver there.

-- Homers / Murphy, TX

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Daren Nelson

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#9 posted 02-12-2009 11:39 PM

Now that is nifty, I like it !

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#10 posted 02-12-2009 11:46 PM

Wow, gorgeous bench… it looks like it would be incredibly functional…

I’ve been on this post for about 10 minutes… the more I look at this, the more I like it. I could see so many uses for it…. This one is on my list. Thanks for posting it!


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

View Mike's profile


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#11 posted 02-12-2009 11:50 PM

I love that. When should I expect mine to arrive. :o)

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#12 posted 02-13-2009 01:35 AM

Wow what a great bench.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#13 posted 02-13-2009 05:09 AM

I see one of these in the near future…thank you for the post.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#14 posted 02-13-2009 07:13 AM

Great work requires good tools as well a talent. Looks like yoiu have both ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 02-13-2009 10:31 PM

Thanks, Bill. I’m not much of a carver (yet), but I think I’ll order these plans for the day that I am!

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