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  • gittyup
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    Originally posted by pallin View Post

    The Veritas description says it weighs 150 lbs.
    That's just the top, when you buy it without the legs. It's misleading, I know. The legs weigh close to that again. I would estimate each of the 4 legs weighs 35 to 40 lbs. I regularly handle 40 lb weights. So I have a good idea what 40 lbs feels like to lift. I would say that 250 lbs is likely an underestimate of total weight. It came in 4 boxes. The lightest was the 2x2 pegged top, and I would guess around 60 lbs. It was slightly lighter than the box with 2 legs in it. The smaller wooden under-table attached to the cast iron turret was probably the heaviest, heavier than an 80 lb bag of concrete, for sure. I had to hand carry each box 300 feet through the snow to my shop. I was beat.

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  • pallin
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    Originally posted by gittyup View Post

    I haven't used it yet. But, I don't thing It's going anywhere. It weighs over 250 lbs. Legs are thick cast iron with tension rods. I don't see it moving. It's rock solid. But, yeah, if it does sand bags should be an easy fix. Raises to 90 degrees and rotates 360. Locks where ever you want it. Raising is spring assisted.
    The Veritas description says it weighs 150 lbs.

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  • Claude
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    Gary Burns, TreeWizWoodcarving, does mostly relief carvings. Here's a photo from Instagram showing him working at his "bench": https://www.instagram.com/p/B-kUc8NDC35/

    Claude

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  • gittyup
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    Originally posted by Brian T View Post
    Looks like somebody was thinking when they designed that. I wonder how many carvers had words to say. So long as it doesn't "walk" around. Any place down below for sand bags?
    I haven't used it yet. But, I don't thing It's going anywhere. It weighs over 250 lbs. Legs are thick cast iron with tension rods. I don't see it moving. It's rock solid. But, yeah, if it does sand bags should be an easy fix. Raises to 90 degrees and rotates 360. Locks where ever you want it. Raising is spring assisted.

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  • Brian T
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    Looks like somebody was thinking when they designed that. I wonder how many carvers had words to say. So long as it doesn't "walk" around. Any place down below for sand bags?

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  • gittyup
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    My new carving bench - Veritas. It's very well made and quite stable. I'm preparing my first project to use on it.
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  • Brian T
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    "Big Bench." Too funny. I'm too old to grovel on the floor any more.
    I can get down there but gravity is my enemy now and standing up is the real puzzle.
    My big bench is all 2x6. 36" wide x 96" long and one foot-height shelf underneath for hiding things.

    With a black marker, I drew a grid of lines on the lid of my top-loading deep freezer.
    Can't ever store anything there, the lid is my assembly site.

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  • Arthur C.
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    [QUOTE=Brian T;n1193876]Here's another one that I had forgotten about in the dust under my big bench. SNIP

    LOL, Brian your remark about the "big bench" made me think of the use of that term amongst those who practice my other hobby, that of clocksmithing: Clocksmiths use the term "working on the big bench" to indicate the floor, as we too frequently find ourselves on the floor looking for an errant part.

    I have a large board and pegs with the holes drilled in a random order, which is useful in holding carvings with an irregular shape such as a Bellamy eagle. I've also drilled holes in my bench to keep my bench hook from sliding when I carve with my mallet.

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  • Brian T
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    Here's another one that I had forgotten about in the dust under my big bench.
    > The platform is nothing but a piece of lumber with a pattern of 3/8" holes.
    > Clamp that to any bench.
    > The carvings have 3/8" holes drilled in the perimeter waste wood.
    > By moving a couple of additional pegs, I can swing the carving around to work on it in any direction.
    > Here, I'm cutting a lot of Vee groove with 1S/12 skews. I can turn the carving to get around the curves.
    Platform III .jpg

    Of course, what -35C winter day would not be complete without the supervisor, the constant critic of a cold shop, Heidi-cat!

    Platform IV small.jpg

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  • jderijcke
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    great thinking out of the box !

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  • Brian T
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    I think what we all want is a bench that adjusts to present the carving at a good working height.
    A height that leaves the carver in a comfortable position. The bench height really doesn't matter,
    just as long as the carving is in a workable position.

    Here's one solution, dreamt up by a friend of mine. So I built it. The top is pegged and glued.

    The carving is actually a short story pole which shows off the life of a frog. Tadpoles and such.
    The snag was to figure out how to do all the body carving for a mature adult frog on the top.

    >The bench has a hole in the middle.
    >Hanging down below one side of the hole is a 1x4 with pairs of 1/4" holes drilled through it.
    >I think that you can see the little shelf that the pole is sitting on, two copper rods mating with the various sets of holes for adjustment.
    > A couple of simple cedar wedges snug the carving into a stable position.
    > I drilled a bunch of big holes in the deck so I can install two lights for comfortable vision.
    ( I must be getting old = one light wasn't enough.)

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  • J Norton
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    I use a Tornado desktop dust filter and am forced into a certain sitting posture while using it. I solve that by frequent breaks, standing, walking around, etc. The exercises in the link above will be very helpful for me, thanks for bringing up the topic, Chris, and thanks to BobL for the helpful link.

    james

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  • gittyup
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    I've been carving on my ww bench to take advantage of the dog holes. It's about 34" high. I sit on a kitchen counter height bar stool. It works but shoulders do get stiff after awhile. So this week I purchased the lee Valley Veritas carving bench. Can't wait to get it. I was going to wait until I moved in a few years, but decided it's likely they may stop making that bench. And it is more often than not out of stock. As far as I've seen, there is no equivalent alternative. So I pulled the trigger now while I can get it.

    Being able to raise the piece up more vertically in my face will eliminate the stoop-over associated with working horizontally. And then to be able to rotate without reclamping will be a big help too. I do carve both left and right handed, but rotating is still a frequent necessity.

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  • Sagitta
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    Thanks to all who replied. I do believe that I now have a good idea on how to approach this. I like the backboard idea and will start there. Makes sense in my head.

    Chris

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  • pallin
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    The replies should tell you there is no single answer. Carving is varied, and your approach to it must vary. The other factor is the carver's age. We did not worry about our carving position when we were younger, but now the pains in our joints tell us we're doing something wrong. This is likely compounded by the time we spend at our computer keyboard, adding to the repetitive motion damage.

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