Carving Workbench Top

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Project by Timbot posted 02-21-2014 07:18 AM 3268 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench top for my girlfriend, who recently got into carving. I will eventually create a base for it, but right now she only has room for the top. It is composed of hard maple, glued together with Titebond III. I ended up boring the dog holes by hand because it was easier than battling a drill. Plus it gave me a chance to show off my massive brace and bit forearms. That’s how you win a girl’s heart right there. I finished it with a three part mix of BLO, satin poly and mineral spirits.

-- Timbot, So Cal

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 11:00 AM

Nice job! Was this created to her specifications or did you design it from something you had seen?

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 01:42 PM

Nice job. How does it work, with dogs arranged to butt the piece being relief carved against?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 09:12 PM

Jdh, with holdfast. So the bigger question is….how do find a gal that is into carving. Lucky man, hope she’s a keeper!

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 08:56 PM

Northwest29 I based it on how she worked on my Roubo style bench, and the size of the carvings she’s been doing.

jdh122 I got her a bench pup and a wonder pup from Lee Valley. That allows her to hold the carving at any angle.

Thanks for the comments!

-- Timbot, So Cal

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