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JP Anderson

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    Havre, Montana, USA
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    Carving, engraving, plinking and flying.
  1. Welcome. It looks like you know how to brew the creative juice. John
  2. Have a good trip and a safe return.
  3. You sure know how to sharpen a tool and use it properly. Thanks for sharing. John
  4. Drilling a hole where you want is a basic skill in any workshop and the standard practice is to use a center punch or awl to give the drill bit a place to start. Layout your hole with a marker of some sort, use an awl or other sharp object to create a starting point for the drill and then drill. You might try drilling your hole early and carve the design true to the hole. Or pick/create a design that doesn't need a hole. Drills like to pull away from center in many materials. A drill press and some sort of solid tie for the object are the best bet in that case. Try a different drill bit. Drill bit quality makes a big difference. Hardware store drill bits have been real hit and miss in my experience. Machine tool suppliers have much better drill bits. Drill a small hole and enlarge to final size. If it makes you feel better I've drilled thousands of holes and usually do just fine but the other day I made one off center in a pendant blank. John
  5. Welcome and thanks for sharing your excellent work.
  6. Rod, I hope you find solace in your carving. Maybe find a big stick and carve it down to a toothpick for a start. I'm glad your back. Hang in there. John
  7. I have some general purpose tables. No matter the size it needs mass if your going to pound, rasp and other heavier work. I also like a lip around the edge to clamp. I like the fine particle board for a top. When I built my airplane I could bondo jigs to the top and knock them loose when done. If needed I can drill into the top and in general treat it rough because it's easy and cheap to replace. A big part of your design will depend on your vise choice and other clamping methods. When it comes to the fine work I have a station at the end of my big table with my carving stand and a place for all my little tools in easy reach. It's my carving cockpit. If I was restricted to a small apartment it would provide everything I need to do small scale carving. Every bench/work area is compromise of what you got and what you want. Bend your work to the area and tools you have. John
  8. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.
  9. Looks good. Well finished and presented.
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