Portable Poor Man's Carving Vise

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Project by mpounders posted 09-08-2010 08:51 PM 18732 views 25 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 09:01 PM

lol i made one of those about 9 yrs ago .been around awhile

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 09:05 PM

Looks like a marvelous invention!!

-- 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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#3 posted 09-08-2010 09:14 PM

Nice One Mike! So thats how you do it! Great Invention.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 09:17 PM

This is really a nice idea, if I ever get to carving (I hope) I will make one.
Now I will put it in my favorites.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 09:20 PM

its maybee have been around for a while :-)
but its always nice to see homemade tools or other cheap idea´s
speciel if it hasn´t been shared here on L J before
so ceep on posting them :-)

take care

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 09:40 PM

Very nice! Thanks for sharing this.

This is something I’ve been going to make for a long time.

The price of the fittings are a lot higher priced now, so it won’t be as cheap.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 09:41 PM

- you might be poor, but you are rich on talent.
I will even say you are gifted!
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 02:13 AM

Great job. Looks like it will work very good. I looked at some of your carvings and they were nice, keep up the good work.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 04:51 AM

Thanks …. This looks very useful.

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

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#10 posted 09-09-2010 07:29 AM

Something added to my favorites- great idea. Thanks for posting it, Mike.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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Alexey Khasyanov

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#11 posted 09-09-2010 07:45 AM

Great job.
what you mean – poor?.... it working, & it is principal value.

-- Rev 22:21

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Jiri Parkman

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#12 posted 09-23-2010 10:11 AM

Perfect. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jiri

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