|Forum topic by helluvawreck||posted 905 days ago||3008 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
905 days ago
Besides a little whittling that I did in the mountains back in November I haven’t carved anything for maybe two years. It’s not that I don’t like to carve it’s just that I’ve always had a hard time scraping up the time. Besides carving a few Santas and little guys, and maybe a sign or two, I’m pretty much a beginner but I really do want to learn how to carve well enough to decorate some of the things that I make. This weekend I carved for eight hours or so total and I really enjoyed it. I was really too tired and sore to do anything else. Well, it backfired on me. The only thing that I have to hold my workpiece is my regular woodworking vise on my workbench. So I pretty much spent 8 hours (not all at once) carving in an uncomfortable bent over position. Now my back is a little out of whack on top of everything else.
What I need is one of those work holding vises that you can raise the part up and down, tilt it, and rotate it to whatever position you want. I have a bad back and two bad knees from past injuries that I have to be careful with because I can’t afford to miss work for any reason.
What work holding device is the best and most ridgid? I need one bad.
If I can’t find one that is good but affordable I will have to make one.
-- 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