WCI Portable Carving Bench

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Project by mpounders posted 03-15-2011 06:36 PM 11517 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the portable carving bench I built from plans in the last issue of Wood Carving Illustrated. I used a 2×10 that I had (instead of a 2×12) and substituted a piece of plywood for the seating area. I used my version of the poor man’s carving vise and mounted it on the upright instead of in the tray area. It seems to work equally well in this position and I don’t worry so much about tools in the tray banging into the vise. Lots of room for tools and it is quite comfortable with a stadium cushion on the seat. And it is very sturdy and stable for carving. It also folds up nicely for transporting.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 07:24 PM

Looks great I may have to build one. How heavy is it for transport?

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 07:31 PM

Nice job Mike Handy to have foldaway anything when space is limited & that bench looks like it will cater for all needs

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 07:46 PM

good job on this. I saw it in the issue but didnt get around to making one.

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

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 09:00 PM

that is deeeluxe, Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 11:44 PM

looks very functional


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#6 posted 03-16-2011 01:15 PM

Good job Mike. I’m thinkin’ about building one also.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 02-19-2013 01:01 AM

I am in the process of building two but alas I lost my copy of woodcarving magazine. What was on the cover and what issue was that one?

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#8 posted 02-19-2013 04:58 PM

I believe it was the Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2011 issue #54

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#9 posted 06-29-2014 09:06 AM

Nice! Will be making a variation, for working with a small, powered scroll saw. Guess I’ll see ho that works… ;-)

-- J.L. Frusha

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