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Tiny Carvery Bench/table


Dan

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long story short im bringing alot of tools home from work and seting up a small shop in the basement corner. i like to think of myself as a turner but because of location of the shop i cant turn because dont want all the dust sucked into the furnice. so im going to folcus on smaller work like carving, inlay, marquatry, scroll saw work ect.... dont have enough room for much in the way of power tools but im going to fit a grinder, drill press, scroll saw ect... but im going to invest in some decent hand tools and learn how to use them correctly. i origenly thought that i needed to make a long work bench but space is limited so i thought that i would make a small table/bench. something like a buterblock table and place it in the center of my work area.

 

here is the post on another forum with pictures of my move

http://www.woodtalko...hop-to-minimum/

 

as for why im telling you guys this well does anyone have a work table/ bench that they can give me some advice on the best way to make a carvers table? perhaps something that i should incorporate into my bench. accessories that would make my life easer. problems i might have perhaps?

 

this is the bases of my table plan

 

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=wood+carving+bench&hl=en&safe=off&sa=X&tbo=d&biw=1280&bih=855&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnsfd&tbnid=LKNlL6XHaGmFIM:&imgrefurl=http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/2010/04/design-of-week-carvers-bench.html&docid=NCHR5BH14fAUwM&imgurl=http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_SrOoaAH39pw/S8SsJ7MGm2I/AAAAAAAAAfM/DV1hjkwzg5w/s1600/carvers-bench.jpg&w=270&h=311&ei=l6FzUJSyM9DiyAGf4IEI&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=186&sig=104435989948568506455&page=1&tbnh=144&tbnw=120&start=0&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:8,s:0,i:101&tx=30&ty=68

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Another reminder to members: The SEARCH function at the upper right will connect you with loads of information. There are many posts in various topics that focus on the information that Dan is asking about.

 

The Carving Path forum serves us day to day, but its greater wealth awaits you in the archived posts from the past many years since January of 2005. Dig in and learn!

 

Janel

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i did do a search but i did not come up with anything satisfactory. i need some kind of surface that i can mount a block of wood too that i can lock in place for carving, plane work, hand sawing ect. most of the post deal with tiny bone/stone carvings that can be done at any desk but i want a work surface that is good for carving or hand work. ill mostly be working with wood so i need something that i can hammer on. for example if i wanted to make sighns and carve decorations on it i would need a tight hold on the wood. need a larger uncluttered flat surface. something that a standard turning carving vice for doing small statues would not work. most work areas that i saw have a small area for carving and lots of shelves/drawers and dust collection of some sort. plus a way to hold the wood eather in your hand or mounted to a surface.

 

the example above is the best i can find but im just wondering if i need to build it with any changes like would it be helpfull to have the top lift up into different angles?

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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

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thanks jp im going to think about puting a lip on my bench. im thinkig of making a 16x16 table that has a second 16x16 that swings up and locks in place. ill have a bench vice attached that i can use to lock my carving in place. and i think ill get a carving vice that till attach to a bench hook that i can lock onto my bench vice. was thinking i would make my top 2 inches thick perhaps out our 2x2s.

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thanks tony glad i dont have to go that route i have the tools at work to make a dedicated carving table that i can set up to do exactly that i wante both now and in the future carving. plus the space is so small a kitchen table would basicly fill my area because i have to set up a crafting shop in the space that a table would take up.

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ok guys i prity much have finished the work area here is the table i built to work with

 

http://i1101.photobu...er/DSCN0249.jpg

 

my lumber rack

http://i1101.photobu...zps28d6fa4d.jpg

 

this is my tools and eventuly my dust collector will be in here i also painted the door with chalk board paint so i can have a large sighn to write on

http://i1101.photobu...zps22652251.jpg

 

http://i1101.photobu...er/DSCN0250.jpg

here is my work area now i just need tools and dust collector to realy get it going.

 

around the corner of my furnice is a counter with cabinets that i will use to put my finishes on my work pieces. it will also probably end up being my painting area since it has good lighting and its out of the way of most of my chips and dust.

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