Carving Bench

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Project by Dark_Lightning posted 03-25-2020 05:54 PM 632 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a chest for the butcher block top and vise that I bought many years ago at Rockler. The bench top was mounted on a different stand and has seen a fair amount of use and abuse over the years. The blue paint in the gouges is the color I painted my since-sold ‘68 Buick Skylark hot rod. The carcass is maple turning blanks I got on the cheap from the local Habitat ReStore. My end grain cutting board came from that same batch of sticks. I used big box 1/2” cheap maple veneer ply, as we’re grounded here in California and that store was closer, so easier to sneak over to. What appears to be the back is actually a shear panel that is the back stop for the oak carving chest. This is where I intend to leave it. The spaces to the sides of the chest will be for project storage. I’ll eventually build some storage bins or shelves on the other side (not shown) of that shear panel. I used 3/8” lag screws, glue and drywall screws. Heavy as all get-out, but that’s on purpose. I looked for benches online in case I wanted to be lazy, but I already had the top and the maple. Besides, those new ones aren’t any heavier. I have yet to drill holes for dogs and hold fasts.

Over all dimensions- 38” long, 26” wide and 36” at the top.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#1 posted 03-25-2020 07:17 PM

Looks like that can handle a few more years of beating!

(68 Skylark, sweet!)

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#2 posted 03-25-2020 07:41 PM

Dark Lightning – It looks quite sturdy. I use a heavy table for my carving work. As you know, I do mostly reliefs. Rather than install dogs in the table, I clamp near the edge. So having sufficient overhang of the top is needed. Sometimes I clamp to the bottom of the rails which requires about 8 inches of clamp capacity.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit in.

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#3 posted 03-25-2020 08:26 PM

Thanks, guys. Phil- I have bench hooks in various sizes, and will probably just use those. I left two sides open by installing the shear panel internally. It’s about 3-1/4” from the top to the rails, so I can clamp that way.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 03-26-2020 02:07 AM

I am sure it will serve you well.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 03-26-2020 02:13 PM

Looks like a sturdy bench. Nicely done. Do you do most of your carving while standing or do you use a stool at times? If so, do you have comfortable clearance for your knees?

-- Darrel

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#6 posted 03-26-2020 03:02 PM

Thanks, guys! I have room to sit, as the sides are open. Of course that tool chest would be in the way. If necessary, I can put it on the shelf that is behind me where the bench is located. That was my original plan, but I wanted the extra weigh of the tool chest for stability.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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