question about power carving / roughing out with no room for band saws

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Forum topic by vats posted 11-25-2016 09:13 PM 1234 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2016 09:13 PM

Hey all, got a question for power carving. What is the best tool / tools for roughing out a 12” figure or larger,
without a band saw?

-- Vats, Charlestown Indiana

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#1 posted 11-25-2016 09:57 PM

Depending on what you are doing, consider: hatchet, drawknife, spokeshave, coping saw, adze, bowsaw, chain saw, froe, splitting maul.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#2 posted 11-26-2016 10:29 AM

Thanks sawdust dad, but what I’m looking for is some type of hand held power tool for roughing out. Back in the day I did have a small band saw and a bigger shop space, now I’m limited to a 12×12 area with all my other tools. What I am using for power carving is the Mastercarver hanging flex shaft rotary tool, several carbide burr sets, and a couple of the Flexcut knives. As I get more proficient I want to advance to larger pieces such as logs, but for now I’m working with smaller projects using 2×2x12, 3×4x12, and 4×4x12 basswood. On the flip side, I completed my first carving in over 20 years, once I get it painted I will post for critiquing.

-- Vats, Charlestown Indiana

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#3 posted 11-26-2016 10:32 AM

For anyone out there on a budget and tight for space, I watched a youtube video on a budget dust collection system. Simply get a cheap 20” box fan and a 1” 20×20 pleated furnace filter, works like a charm.

-- Vats, Charlestown Indiana

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#4 posted 11-26-2016 07:28 PM

Ive seen people use an angle grinder to rough out large carving blanks. There is a blade for an angle grinder that looks like a chains saw blade that can quickly carve out a bunch of wood.

For really large log carvings, there are special bars for a chain saw that sort of comes to a point that can be used for roughing.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 11-27-2016 12:09 AM

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#6 posted 11-27-2016 06:35 PM

You can use a regular cross-cut handsaw. Here’s an illustration of where to make cuts. Then just knock out the waste wood with a hammer and/or carpenter’s chisel.


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#7 posted 11-29-2016 10:44 PM

Thank you all for your replies!

-- Vats, Charlestown Indiana

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