Carving center

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Project by Jimthecarver posted 01-29-2008 03:19 AM 3476 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This carving center was inspired by a project I seen on LJ’s {sorry dont remember who’s it was} but this gent put his vacume in a cabinet under his router.
As I use the Dremal or other dust causing tools, and after getting the worst rash of my life from head to toe due to sanding and breathing the dust from Olivewood. I love the wood and was not happy thinking it would be better in the fireplace.
Anyway I decided to build a carving station that hopefully would sufice my need for storage as well as being very functional.
I started looking for wood to build it and decided that the left over scrap melamene from a previous project would be fine for such a project.
I took an old but not worn out mini vacume with awesome suction and motified it and stood it up rite, connecting the power cord to a switch on the side of the cabinet to control off/on function w/o opening the compartment each time.
I added a table for working on its approx. 18”X18” centered a metal box and connected duct work made from same scrap material just a bit thinner. Next I decided to started with the drawers and get them finished up and installed in the cabinet. I needed this carving table to be mobile so I added 3” casters w/one set locking.
I inset the top of the cabinet so that the carving knives would not roll off and hit the floor(OUCH). As I was looking at the table I decided to put a retractable extension cord from another old vacume in the cabinet. It made for easier movement w/o messing around with rolled up cord on the outside of the cabinet hanging up.
Thank you for the look

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

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#1 posted 01-29-2008 03:30 AM

this is great!!!

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#2 posted 01-29-2008 03:33 AM

Great project. Looks like it will prove usefull well into the future. I can see this design being used for mayn applications.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#3 posted 01-29-2008 03:47 AM

Looks great. Should be very usefull.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-29-2008 03:59 AM

Outstanding workstation Jim. My wife recently started to learn the art of carving. I could see her needing a similar unit. Thanks for the Idea!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 01-29-2008 04:41 AM

Jim that is a really nice workstation and it has a lot storage as well. One thing that I believe is universal among woodworkers is that we can never have enough storage in the shop.

Great project. Surely you don’t have enough carving knives to fill the new cabinet. This is a good excuse to get some more tools in order to take care of that unused space.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 01-29-2008 05:18 AM

Terrific project, Jim!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-29-2008 05:57 AM

Thank you all !

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

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#8 posted 01-29-2008 06:03 AM

Nice. I know what you mean about olive wood. I live near Orland which is the olive capital of CA. There is a lot of wood that just gets burnt up in fireplaces and thrown in burn piles. it is gorgeous stuff. Lots of people use it for turning around here.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 11:53 AM

Good looking carving station. Has it resolved the allergy problem?

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#10 posted 01-29-2008 12:58 PM

Looks very useful and should make life easier for your projects.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 01-29-2008 07:12 PM

Very Impressive! I have never tried carving but I know it has to be hard to do. Excellent job on the cabinet.

-- Dana,Texas

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#12 posted 01-29-2008 07:14 PM

Tons of great storage, integrated dust collection, custom built just for your every need. It’s perfect! You are going to have a lot of carvers making those. It’s really cool.

I like how you think!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 01-29-2008 11:53 PM


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#15 posted 02-02-2008 04:22 PM

This is awesome! What a great way of organizing everything.

-- Kevin

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