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Project by WayneC posted 07-31-2011 02:11 AM 3286 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this quick carving fixture to hold work while relief carving. The fixture is made from 3/4 in plywood and scrap lumber from a home depot cull bin. It is intended to be used on top of a work bench or a portable work surface. The dog holes are 3/4” and on a 3” grid. The top and bottom are joined with pocket hole screws.

The hold downs are Veritas Wonder pups.
http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=31129&cat=1,41637,41645&ap=1

I will eventually add a carver’s screw or vice
http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=31075&cat=1,130,43332,41667&ap=1
http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=31172&cat=1,130,43332,41667&ap=1

There is more info on this fixture in my blog…
http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/24111
http://lumberjocks.com/WayneC/blog/24645

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov





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skips

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 02:24 AM

I like it, I need to make me one, great idea.

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 02:38 AM

Very nice. I’ll have to make one myself. Thanks Wayne

-- Dale, Ohio

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 02:41 AM

well done … I made something similar today for my daughter-inlaw … she is taking stained-glass classes

carving looks nice too.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 03:19 AM

Great idea!! I always wanted one of those Kreg tables but can’t afford it. I’ll have to make one of these soon.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 03:24 AM

Cool Wayne. Nice design. I’ve got a couple of those Rockler clamps and they re pretty nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 07-31-2011 03:24 AM

Just love homemade tools and jigs. Looks Good !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 07-31-2011 05:41 AM

Nice fixture, Wayne. I like the simplicity and practicality. Nice relief carving too.

When I saw it, it reminded me of a similar one I made a few years ago when I was taking a carving class. I just posted a few pictures of it. They’re very similar.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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WayneC

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#8 posted 07-31-2011 05:44 AM

Thanks Jack, I just saw yours. They are very similar. I’m looking forward to doing some more carving.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 07-31-2011 11:25 AM

Nice fixture Wayne.
So far, I have been making do with a workmate but your system seems more versatile.

One nice trick I found out is to use double stick tape to temporarily fasten your work piece on a SQUARE panel.
This way, when you need to turn your piece around, you just need to open the vises a single turn, pop out the panel, rotate it, pop it back in and tighten a single turn. this is very time-efficient compared to having to readjust the vises every single time if your piece is a rectangle.
I have always been meaning to make myself a round support as it would enable me to put my workpiece at any odd angle and it is very easy to fasten on a workmate + 4 benchdogs.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 07-31-2011 02:08 PM

That’s a really nice fixture, Wayne.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 07-31-2011 03:31 PM

It must be a sign… This is the second one of these I have seen today. Very… Very cool! A must build in my book (my back cant take much more of the hunching over a short bench). Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 07-31-2011 04:37 PM

Neat idea! Looks like a great use for Wonder Pups too. I’m going to have to make something like this eventually.

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WayneC

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#13 posted 07-31-2011 05:21 PM

Thanks guys. I’m also planning to build some more dog based hold downs to be used with the pups. I have an idea for one that will allow for securing round objects. Also, after seeing Jacks, I may look at using dogs to move the piece closer to me when working.

Fabrice, thanks for the idea on the square mounting board. I was thinking about the problem of having to do too much adjustment of the wonder pups. Great idea.

The other thing that is bugging me is is tool availability. I use Ashley Iles carving tools. They have round handles and there is a risk they could roll off the surface if I place them on the fixture directly. Thinking about building some type of holder for them.

The final thing I am thinking about is a mini-shave horse like attachement to hold stock for spoon carving. Saw something like this a while back on the web.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Jack Barnhill

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#14 posted 07-31-2011 05:39 PM

”They have round handles and there is a risk they could roll off the surface if I place them on the fixture directly”

While using my carving bench, I found that I could set some of the smaller carving tools in the unused, out-of-the-way dog holes. It kept them close and secure. Once in a while, I would get too many tools out making the top too crowded and have to put a few away that I hadn’t used recently.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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#15 posted 08-01-2011 01:18 AM

Great idea Wayne, I like those clamps.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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