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I have been using the same table for sculpting that I built several years ago ( Pictured in the last photo) and the more I used it the more I have ideas about how I needed to make improvements. The old one was thrown together rather quickly because at that time I was not sure exactly what features I needed.
The clamping mechanism was a makeshift rig with squeeze clamps that seemed to get in the way a lot.

When I saw the new Rockler clamps I realized they would work perfect for what I needed. They can hold the work at any angle and apply pressure without the need of squeeze clamps…I cut some blocks to add additional height to two of them and lined the faces that come into contact with the wood box with a piece of leather. This helps to protect the wood during clamping and also provides better grip stability…
I ordered 4 of them and started building the new table. However, Rockler got a little sneaky and made this to work with 5/16 T track instead of the 1/4" T track. I had 4 pieces of Rockler 1/4" T track already that were never used before and had planned to use them…not so…I had to piece this track together with what 5/16 track I had on hand. The T track in had that was from Rockler was deeper than their new track so I had to cut 1/8" filler strips to compensate for their difference.

This table is only 3" deep as opposed to the old one that was 7" deep. I made the top out of 3/4 Baltic birch ply with 2 pieces laminated together for the top to get it to 1 1/2" thick. The sides are 1/2 BB ply.
The frame that it sits on is a welding table that is adjustable from level to 45 degrees and makes working at any angle very convenient.
It is hooked up to my dust collector on the bottom through a 90 degree port and also has a "Y" connector that allows me to use a 2 1/2" hose to clean the floor and surrounding areas.
Works like a dream…..!

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I always wondered how you held those wonderful sculpted boxes - Now I know, thanks. Nice build you did on this.
 

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That looks like what we would have called "the clear rig" back on the Fraser River.
Just what you need to make your work and breathing easier.

Very well thought out.
 

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And all this time I thought you held the box in one hand and the grinder in the other. Great table Greg
 

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Always a good thing to make life eaiser, very nice Greg.
 

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Well thought out design and nice,sturdy build. Thanks for the info on the new Rockler clamps.
 

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Very well thought out design, and I really like the features that you added in. Great job
 

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Great design and features. Rockler may be calling you for the design.
 

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Well done Greg - you make a "Coonass" proud :)
 

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That is a nice improvment ,keep working at it to catch more dust .
 

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what a great tool to enable you to sculpt as you please, a very nice design and im sure one that makes you happy as you dont have to worry about holding your subject, just grind away…
 

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I think I'll wait for the third addition,,,,,for guy's like yourself. There is still GOING to be a better way, and a #3. It just inhearent. :)

Nice job and good thinking on you part, Greg. thanks for taking the time to share !!!
 

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Thanks everyone….this is definitely an improvement and the test was in using it for several hours creating this cocobolo box.
I am very satisfied with the results and performance so far and hope a third design is not necessary…but ya' never know…It is set up in a 6ft x 8ft section of my shop that I enclosed a few years ago to help contain the dust.

The dust collection hooked up to this plus the three squirrel cage filters mounted in the walls and using a dust mask make it quite dust free for my lungs….I sorta like them being clean.
 

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And all this time I thought you held the box in one hand and the grinder in the other. Great table Greg

- Hawaiilad
I did that on my first box and quickly realized that I needed two hands to do it right… I tried several different options…including my workbench vise, a Rockwell Jawhorse and using double sided tape and a piece of plywood.
One thing I quickly realized is that is must be carved on an adjustable angle surface…then there was the dust problem to solve…that is sorta how it evolved
 

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Great design and features. Rockler may be calling you for the design.

- doubleDD
It is nothing special as far as design goes…similar to a table top for the pocket hole jigs combined with a lot of holes drilled in it. What makes it work for my needs is the ability to adjust the angle of the top.
 

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Gotta love some Cajun ingenuity. Well done Greg! I love seeing a jig or fixture that saves time, fingers, lungs, and most importantly sanity.
 

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Gotta love some Cajun ingenuity. Well done Greg! I love seeing a jig or fixture that saves time, fingers, lungs, and most importantly sanity.

- TheWoodenOyster
I definitely have saved time, fingers and lungs with this setup…the sanity? Well the jury is still out on that one.
 

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Here I thought you had a group of angry beavers to do all your dirty work…lol. Nice looking table hope it capture all that dust, best wishes…BC
 
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