Carver's Bench

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Project by PittsburghTim posted 09-28-2013 01:33 AM 4634 views 15 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this carver’s bench today. It’s pretty simple having designed it myself from some pictures I was able to see on the web. It is made with southern yellow pine that I had remaining from a workbench that I built a few years back and can be seen in my projects section. There is a 11/2” oak dowel that is the width of the bench so the top is well-supported at any of several positions. Construction is simple and held together with glue and walnut Miller Dowels. (I do love these as they can exert some clamping force while the glue dries and if I lay out the holes carefully, they look nice in a contrasting color.)

I may add a lever that extends out the front to allow me to change angles without going around to the back of the bench, but next is a tool holder to hang from the side followed by some carving projects.

Thanks for looking,


-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#1 posted 09-28-2013 02:36 AM

I’m not familiar with this type of bench but it sure looks hefty and well built…........................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 09-28-2013 03:08 AM

Very nice Tim. I need to make something similar. I have one I clamp on a workmate.

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

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#3 posted 09-28-2013 04:37 AM

Great job Tim. Im sure this will get lots of use and be very handy. I need to make me one like this. Awesome!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 09-28-2013 10:01 AM

What a wonderful bench.
Looks perfect for a carver.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 09-28-2013 02:37 PM

Looks real sturdy. With the adjustments, it is sure to be a valuable tool in your carving.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 09-28-2013 04:34 PM

Very nicely done—looks well designed and very sturdy.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-28-2013 04:41 PM

Very, very nice. I have often wanted to make one but the ones I saw never looked sturdy enough for sculpture and masks that I make. Looks like it could also be used as a drafting table with an additional board. Nice job.

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#8 posted 10-01-2013 02:02 PM

Great work on that sturdy and functional carver’s bench. I’m sure it will serve you well for a long time to create great projects.

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#9 posted 10-01-2013 04:33 PM

This is a wonderful addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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