Carving Easel

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Project by Levex posted 04-11-2015 10:25 PM 1216 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always been a fan of relief carving and architectural details so last year I decided to purchase a few gouges and try my hand at it. I quickly found that my neck was getting sore from looking down at work pieces that were flat on my bench top. To resolve this I built this carving easel, loosely based on one I saw in the LV catalog. It is made out of maple I salvaged from several pallets. The top measures 24” x 24” x 2-1/2”. I drilled a series of 3/4” holes to fit a bench dog and made it possible to tilt it between about 90 and 45 degrees. It is secured to the bench top with 2 large C clamps and at about 40 lbs, it doesn’t budge when I pound on it with a mallet and gouge.

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#1 posted 04-11-2015 11:33 PM

This is genius, I have never seen one of these.
Great job,

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#2 posted 04-12-2015 01:42 AM

Oh no, looks like I have to add another project to my, already too long, to-do-list. Looks pretty much bullet proof. Does it want to tilt forward off the bench when you’re doing serious wood removal with a mallet? Seriously though, a great idea with a lot of practical use for any carver. Thanks for sharing!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 04-12-2015 03:50 AM

Nice salvage for a neat tool.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 01:40 AM

Beautiful work, I would like to learn.

-- Verowilson

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