|Project by mpounders||posted 09-08-2010 08:51 PM||11180 views||22 times favorited||12 comments|
Here is my updated carving work positioner. It is based on a design that has been around for awhile, using floor flanges and iron pipe from the hardware store. You use a big forged eye bolt (or weld the other kind closed) through the T connector and a nut or t-handle on the other end to tighten it in place. It also helps to take a round file and carve in detents around the “eye” side of the T connector to keep it from slipping under pressure. I mounted it to a piece of 1/2” plywood which will allow you to clamp or screw it to a table or bench, but is also long enough to place in a chair and sit on. I used this some when I first started carving and my back would really hurt after standing for a while. I got a nice office chair for the garage and over time carved more and more sitting down and holding my work in one hand. But I added the base to this last night and it seems to perfectly position the work while I am still comfortably seated in my chair. Basically you screw the base of the work to the top floor flange and you can easily rotate your work and move it to allow carving with a mallet and chisel. Hmmmmmm…....I wonder if I can make it work with a recliner?
Thanks for looking
ps. The t-nut in the handle stripped in one day of heavy carving. Luckily, one of the other carvers had a nut and a pair of vice grip pliers. It worked great after that, and I found it very useful and easy to adjust.
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com