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Blog entry by mafe posted 06-19-2019 01:33 PM 693 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whittling board
portable spoon carving seat

Here is a little easy project I had in my mind for a while, it’s basically just a board, that you sit on, so you get some support for the thing, you are carving or whittling. Why? Just for ease and safety, like this you will have an extra hand and can cut away from your self. I think especially for the kids, this could be a fine idea.

The name… I had no idea what to call it, many years ago I saw a simple version, where it was just a board, with a stop, but now I had the idea how to finish it and make it more versatile. So Whittling board / Snitte brædt (in Danish).


Had a piece of floor board standing in the pile.
A circle and two curves were drawn on it, the cut on the band saw.
(You can use a jig saw as well).


Let’s go sailing…


A tour in the lunch box planner, just for beauty.
Also an extra piece of the cut off.


The new cheapo wac, really helped to clear out chips, from the planner.
(Ugly bastard).


We got the parts needed.


I cut off some of the extra wood and made a step on it.
The glue and clamps, use waterproof glue, if you want to leave it ouside.


Here we are after some shaping of the edges, just for joy.


Also I carved a small bowl at the head.


We got a thing!...


Ok, this is the thing, after I added two holes, for a hold fast thread.
Do you get it yet?


Here we are, tobacco and all. ;-)
I think it will be really useful for all kinds of whittling and carving, support and an extra hand.


A spoon without risking the lims.


That’s it; a whittling board / portable spoon carving seat, or what ever the name can be. Pick your own.

UPDATE:


Drilled a row of holes, so the hold fast can be moved.


A foot rest, just for ease.


Finally a leather pad, to make sure, there will be no marks on the work piece and a better grip.


More relaxing, just that.


Smiles, it found a spot on the wall.

Another UPDATE, this one is for Swirt , who wrote:

Another clever one Mafe. With the cord you can carry it slung on your back as well as hold your work piece.

That was a wonderful idea, smiles.


But first dinner with my love, Eisbein with white wine sauce, fries and coleslaw, the pig has been in the oven all day, in the workshop, so it was tender and with crisp skin (I was working wood and cooking today).


Look what’s on my shoulder…


Yes you got it right!
Just drilled a hole and made a saw cut, so the cord can lock in there.
Thanks Swirt. ;-)

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps to safe carving, with the kids, or grand kids.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

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



16 comments so far

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lew

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#1 posted 06-19-2019 02:09 PM

That’s Awesome!

I would never have thought about using a cord to apply holding pressure.

Love that little 3 legged “milking” stool, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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mafe

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#2 posted 06-19-2019 03:02 PM

lew, Thank you, big smile. That’s the most simple holding device, I have used it many times, just over a stool or what ever is near. Thank you, I also like that stool, it was made as an experiment, but became a dear shop mate.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#3 posted 06-19-2019 03:04 PM

UPDATE:
I made a little update on it, after I posted and put a few extra pictures now, as you can see in the blog.
Smiles,
Mads

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 06-19-2019 04:11 PM

90% of woodworking seems to be workholding, and you’ve been making a bunch of nice workholding pieces lately. Very nice shop upgrades!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 06-19-2019 05:57 PM

BUTT, what a way to Use it!

Very inspirational!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 06-19-2019 07:41 PM

Nice way to make that holding tool, Mads…..........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Combo Prof

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#7 posted 06-20-2019 12:20 AM

Nice Idea. It may be useful for me too. Next year will be away from my shop from September 1 to June 1 and will need to make something portable.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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mafe

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#8 posted 06-21-2019 09:31 AM

Hi there,
Dave, Yes I have gone into holding mood… Some how I have to admit, the part of woodworking that I love the moset, seems to be making ways, more than making things. There is a path for every one. Thank you.
Joe, ha ha ha, Bottoms up – cheers. Thank you.
Jim, Cheers Jim, one day we must share that beer.
Combo, yes it will be wonderful for traveling, can easy be in a suitcase even.
Best thoughts and thank you all,
Mads

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

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Druid

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#9 posted 06-21-2019 07:33 PM

Excellent project, and well explained. Thanks for sharing another great idea. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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mafe

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#10 posted 06-21-2019 11:09 PM

Thank you John, it was a fun little one to do.
Smiles,
Mads

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

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swirt

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#11 posted 06-22-2019 01:16 AM

That’s awesome Mafe! Can you come to the States and teach my wife how to listen to my ideas :)
Thanks for the ingenuity and smiles.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Combo Prof

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#12 posted 06-22-2019 01:47 AM

Mafe, would you be so kind to give us some measurements of it.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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Phil32

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#13 posted 06-25-2019 03:11 AM

As you can see from my projects, I carve a lot of different shapes so I tend to hold them to a work surface with a clamp. This holding device seems fairly specific to spoon carving, but I don’t think I would like it for even that purpose.
When carving the spoon bowl, the cuts generally go from the edge to the center of the bowl. This requires access from all sides, even when using a hook or crooked knife as shown by Mafe, but especially if using a gouge. Likewise, I prefer to work at elbow height rather than seat height.
Of course each of uses the techniques and devices that suits our approach.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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mafe

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#14 posted 06-25-2019 09:30 PM

Hi,
swirt, big laugh, that I’m not sure I can handle, but I’ll give it a try if I pass by. ;-) Thanks.
Combo, I’ll see if I can manage before the holiday, if I forget pls send me a mail. I’ll be happy to do it.
Phil32, Interesting thoughts, I’ll give it a review when I get to use it. I think for the kids, it will be fine as I teach then to cut away from the hand, until they have control of the tools. My biggest worry was pain in my neck, as I had a operation there and suffer from chronic pain… It can also be used on top of the legs to higher the work surface I guess… I’m not sure I understand the part an´bout the spoon bowl, the spoon will be rotated as you carve this (the string is not meant as a permanent thing, just an option). Hmmmmm lovely with input for thoughts, thank you.
Best thoughts and thank you all,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#15 posted 06-25-2019 09:31 PM

Phil32, I looked at your carvings, really fine work, I especially love your self portrait.
Smiles,
Mads

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

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