Ball & Claw Carving on Roughcuts

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1299 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question shaping carving tool

I just watched the cabriole leg and ball & claw episode of Roughcuts… Very cool!

Any thoughts on how to decide what size/radius gouge to use for carving the ball?


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#1 posted 1297 days ago

In the Fine Woodworking Archives I found an article that says a #7 sweep and 12mm wide gouge is what they use. If you look in their Techniques tab and search for Cabriole it is the second page half way down.

Issue #186, p. 102 if that method works better. You can download the article as a PDF and go from video to written instruction too. We can race to see which one of us gets to the Woodsmith store for the gouge. I even think the article is the same person that was in the Roughcut road trip, not positive though.

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#2 posted 1264 days ago

How would you clamp the leg to do the carving. I tried to find clamps like I saw on that episode of Rough Cut, but have not seen them? Any suggestions? Thank you.


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