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  • Steve Reed
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    Guess I'm the adventurous type. I have a Delta 3-wheel bandsaw, and I stand the block on the diagonal, using the slot in the table as a guide. I've seen arrangements where the block is put on a "sled" and done that way, but guess I'm used to doing it my way. Still have all my digits!
    Steve

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  • Rodster
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    Originally posted by Randy View Post
    Before I got my band saw I used a regular hand saw to cut basswood blocks at a 45 for carving Santa faces. I put the block in the bench vise and cut down the first half of the block at the 45. Then put a small wedge in the cut then turned the block over in the vise and cut the other half.
    Good approach. I could do that with my scaled down workshop. Thanks, Randy.

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  • Randy
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    Before I got my band saw I used a regular hand saw to cut basswood blocks at a 45 for carving Santa faces. I put the block in the bench vise and cut down the first half of the block at the 45. Then put a small wedge in the cut then turned the block over in the vise and cut the other half.

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  • Rodster
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    Originally posted by scotia carver View Post
    Hi Rod
    I have been making a lot of my caricatures on triangular basswood blanks,it enables me to carve two items from one square block,lets me to sell a for the same price with double of the revenue, If customers prefer to have a a full block carving they pay more. This works for me .
    Bruce
    How do you cut a block into a triangle, Bruce? I assume you use a band saw. I wonder if it's dangerous for your fingers? Or can you buy wood cut that way? On your carving philosophy, I like the way your mind works!
    Last edited by Rodster; 11-04-2018, 09:34 AM.

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  • Dwight
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    Good job Rod, I like these little guys they look so cool.

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  • scotia carver
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    Hi Rod
    I have been making a lot of my caricatures on triangular basswood blanks,it enables me to carve two items from one square block,lets me to sell a for the same price with double of the revenue, If customers prefer to have a a full block carving they pay more. This works for me .
    Bruce

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  • uvawyo
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    Nice carvings, tools and carving bench

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  • Brian T
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    Thanks for the info on the miter box saw.
    None of the models is big enough for stones and salt blocks for carving.
    I don't need precision, either.
    But they will give me ideas for something to bash together from 2x4 and scrap plywood.

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  • Tom Ellis
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    Rod, You can carve from a block. Draw your pattern on, and carve away the extra wood. By cutting out the pattern with a saw, it saves you a lot of carving off wood that a saw could do in seconds. May save some carple tunnel in the future also.

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  • Brian T
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    Very fine-looking tools, indeed!
    I see a handsaw miter box on your bench. Do you need a special saw for that?
    I need a big unit for slabbing soapstone for carvings.

    Things changed when I moved away from the city and have a big shop which seems to lend itself to big messes.
    Big gouges and adzes throw chips all over the room. I have to sit most of the time. I have a tall drafting chair on wheels.
    So I have to keep enough floor space swept for "rolling room."

    I'm prepared to believe that Heidi-cat finds the chip piles to be the wrong texture.

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  • Rodster
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    Originally posted by Robson Valley View Post
    You can actually see the floor! How weird is that? I think you need a second bench. What kind of a chair do you like the best?


    The above workbench picture was taken when I built the 'workshop alcove'. The paint was fresh and everything looked neat. Today the floor is still clean, but the workbench is messier. I don't have a chair, as the workbench is for stand-up work only. As you can see below, when I carve, I travel light.

    The toolbox and carving board were new when I took the photo. Today I carve with two # 9 Drake gouges, a 1/8" Drake v-tool, 1/4" Drake v-tool, a Helvie detail knife and a D Lyon rough out knife. It's all I really need, other than a miter saw to cut my wood to the proper length.


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    Last edited by Rodster; 10-31-2018, 08:43 PM.

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  • Brian T
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    You can actually see the floor! How weird is that? I think you need a second bench.
    What kind of a chair do you like the best?

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  • Rodster
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    I'm decluttering the basement. I'm getting rid of my woodworking stuff as well: clamps, saws, planes and the like ... I hope to clean things up a lot. Passing it along to a younger generation, who have the time and interest, but little money to buy tools, is my recycling choice.

    I've kept the workbench (15" x 60" with two vises), two small hand planes, two small hammers and three small hand saws, a miter saw and a few other useful tools for home maintenance, small projects and woodcarving. In short, I'm left with a workable, but more limited workshop.




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    Last edited by Rodster; 11-01-2018, 01:32 PM.

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  • Rodster
    started a topic Harley Refsal Carvings

    Harley Refsal Carvings

    Normally I carve little figures from a block of wood 1.25" square. Currently my characters are 4" in height. When I was learning to carve, I bought a couple of Harley Refsal cutouts and carved Karl Oscar and Kristian. I think they turned out okay. Have a look for yourself.

    While I know I am in the minority, I hold that carving from a block of wood is a good option. Give up on patterns, use a block of wood and you may find that you get a more original Karl Oscar and Kristian. Or something you might like even better.




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    Last edited by Rodster; 11-01-2018, 01:30 PM.
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