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Wooden work positioner for carving

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Project by mpounders posted 02-15-2011 10:13 PM 4145 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using a positioner allows you to carve with both hands, and gives greater control and more power for certain types of carving. Working in the round and roughing out a large carving is easier and faster!
Glue a couple of scrap pieces of half-inch plywood together or use two pieces of three-quarter inch plywood. Transfer the shapes for the top and bottom to the plywood and cut out with either a band saw or jigsaw. Clamp or tape the pieces together and drill the three bolt holes. Use a Forstner bit on the bottom of the base to create recessed holes for the bolt heads. The ball is a 2 ½” wooden knob from a hobby store. Drill a hole in the ball so that the pipe fits loosely and epoxy the pipe in the hole. A 3” floor flange with a reducing bushing is used to mount your work piece to the pipe. Use a sanding drum to taper out the holes in both base assemblies to give a greater range of movement and allow shorter bolts to be used to hold it together. Use a wing-nut on one bolt for quick adjustments. Sand and round the rough edges. Larger work can be directly mounted with screws or make an adapter as shown for smaller work.

2 pieces ¾” plywood 8”x6” (or 4 pieces of ½” plywood)
3” iron floor flange with a ½” to ¼” reducer
6” piece ¼” ID threaded pipe (or similar size bolt that will thread Into the reducer”
2 ½” wooden ball (from hobby/craft store)
3 ¼”x3” bolts and nuts with one ¼” wing-nut

Misc: Drill and bits, epoxy glue, screws, bolts, or clamps to mount to desired surface.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com





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Rob W

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 11:14 PM

Great Idea. I have a bunch of croquet balls that haven’t been used in years that would be perfect for this.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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mpounders

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 11:18 PM

That would work! I have seen some large ones made with old bowling balls, but I don’t work with stuff that big!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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polecat

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 11:31 PM

There you go again. lol
In my favorite. So cool, Thanks

-- polecat, south alabama

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mafe

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 11:39 PM

Really nice, this one goes to my favorites too.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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jeffl

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 11:47 PM

I like it! Good idea.

-- Jeff,

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SASmith

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 12:40 AM

Nice idea. Thanks.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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TJ65

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 04:36 AM

great idea. I was wondering about what you would use. This is a great idea that i too will favorite it -when, (i wont say if, coz undoubtably i will) I need it, it is only time with me and woodworking I am tending to try just about everything!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 05:09 AM

Nice vise!!

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

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lightweightladylefty

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 05:36 AM

Mike,

Very clever idea! Thanks for posting.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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rdlaurance

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 09:43 AM

Thank for posting this Mike. It is certainly an item that I will be making next summer when my time is not so taxed. Now just need to keep a lookout for a decently sized round ball.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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Druid

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#11 posted 04-07-2011 09:19 PM

Good idea. It should also be possible to substitute a trailer hitch ball if there’s one kicking around in the garage. Gotta make one.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Bertha

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#12 posted 04-07-2011 09:45 PM

Very clever and saved you some big bucks. I might just give one of these a try, as I’m not a big carver, but this control is indispensable.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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