|Project by Jack Barnhill||posted 07-31-2011 05:38 AM||3697 views||9 times favorited||8 comments|
I just saw WayneC’s carving fixture and it reminded me that I hadn’t posted my carving bench so here it is.
I made this for a carving class a few years ago at Cerritos College. The college had some benches for the students but I wanted to practice at home. The college’s benches made extensive use of screwing down wooden battens and wedging the workpiece in place with shims. If you wanted to change the position of the workpiece you had to unscrew the battens and screw them down in the new position. I thought the matrix of dog holes, wonder pup and bench pups would be a simpler, more flexible solution.
The top is 30”X24”X1-1/2”. The dog holes are spaced in a 6” matrix. The carving bench is made of 3/4” BB ply left over from another project except for the bottom layer of the top. I didn’t have enough BB ply to laminate 2 layers for the top so I used 3/4” MDF for the bottom layer.
I picked up a cheap clamp-on desk lamp for task lighting. To reduce the distance I have to adjust the wonder pup, I place a piece of scrap wood between the workpiece and the pups as needed.
All-in-all, it worked great for the class. I could put all of my carving tools in the center compartment and carry it back and forth to class. I eventually want to put a shelf and a drawer in the middle section.
-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com