Woodcarving Bench Upgrade

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 06-12-2021 10:59 PM 908 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since we have been living in Mount Vernon, Wa and had my shop setup, I did not have a great way to organize my wood carving workbench. Finally after looking at some ideas this is what I came up with.

First I lowered bench down to 30” high so I can use a desk chair, I purchased the Sjobergs vise and mounted on the swivel tip base. Base made of 3/4” plywood. Hinges on front of bench it will allow me to tip up to 60 degrees and swivel every 45 degrees. Behind the bench I made this shelf to hold carving knives and carving blanks. Then just a couple days after I made this swivel Rack to hold my most used knives.

This should help provide a efficient and comfortable way to carve.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#1 posted 06-12-2021 11:33 PM

nice setup tom,it’s nice to have a space that feels right and functions well.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 06-13-2021 02:03 AM

That is a pretty cool way to hold your work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 06-13-2021 02:36 AM

That is a nicely ergonomic looking setup. My carving bench riser is flat. Maybe something like this would work better.

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

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#4 posted 06-13-2021 05:49 AM

It only has to work for you. If it does then it’s perfect.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 06-13-2021 11:39 AM

very nice !!! (rotating work surface, who wuda thunk).
just like all your other projects – TOP NOTCH !!

-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#6 posted 06-13-2021 12:30 PM

Nice job. I am sure the ability to rotate your work will be a big help on carving and comfort.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#7 posted 06-13-2021 04:01 PM

That’s pretty nifty and well executed! Also we are basically neighbors! I’m just a trip across Deception Pass away lol. Can’t wait to see what you gwt done on your new carving setup now.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#8 posted 06-13-2021 04:15 PM

Hello Airframer, Or I mean hello neighbor. I work at Home Depot, Burlington in hardware. Stop by sometime.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#9 posted 06-13-2021 09:55 PM

Nice looking carving bench, Tom – appears to be very functional for relief carving.



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#10 posted 06-14-2021 09:24 AM

Very well done, I love the set up of your shop ,a fonctional working place is a dream for every one, I might copy some of your ideas, thanks for sharing. keep on the good work.

-- andrek

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