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    Hi all! This is my first post on the forum.

    I've been carving for about 4 months, and really enjoying myself. I've got a few Mike Shipley books, and I've carved a few Odie's (he's my favourite).

    I want to carve Delmer, I've cut my block to size but just need to rough him out. I don't have the space for a bandsaw, and I've tried a coping saw but it's still a little hard for me to get it right.

    Just wondering if anyone has a recommendation for a different type of saw that might be useful? I made Odie using just my Flexcut detail knife (it took me a whole day, I have a couple bigger knives now) but would love to know if anyone has any advice.


  • #2
    Doug Linker has a YouTube tutorial on doing it without a band saw...worth a look. Link:
    Last edited by woodburner807; 04-27-2021, 01:59 PM.
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    • #3
      Do something like this:
      No saw example.jpg
      Make saw cuts as shown, stopping about 1/8 inch or so from the pattern outline. Cut the wood between the saw cuts - it'll cut easily. You can use a coping saw, handsaw, etc. to make the saw cuts. No workbench or vise? Go to the DIY store and buy an "F" Clamp. You can clamp your block of wood to almost anything to hold it while you make the saw cuts.
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      • #4
        Claude's suggestion works for just about any size carving. I did some that were 3" x 12" x 36". It was easy. Sure, it's tedious but you only have to do it once. As you cut off the waste blocks, make certain that you get a centerline on the fresh surfaces for doing the left/right cuts.
        Brian T


        • #5
          Thanks for the help everyone.

          I do have a sort of workbench/clamp I use, I'll try what you suggested Claude!

          Again, thank you all for the help!


          • #6
            Well I just get the big guy out.
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            • #7
              Hi Rhodri
              You can get bandsaws that are pretty small. mine is a tooline 480mmx480x750mm and is light enough to pick up with one hand. Difficult but can be done. That makes it easy to tuck away in a corner when not in use.

              The big gouges like the one Ed showed you can rip a lot of wood of rather quickly with one of those.

              Wecome to the forum and happy carving. Cheers.