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  • rickm
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    the problem for me is that when im carving i use maybe tw knives a tool and a gouge of some sort and all the rest of the tools get in the way. t be honest if you were being efficient you would carry only what you need, if that makes sense there is no need to carry eleven or 20 gouges and knives along if your only using three. I know well i might need, you might but if you have to carry maybe along you would pack up every tool you own every time you carve-not efficient, now if your doing shows or visiting your club thats different but of all the tools we schlep along how many do we actually end up using?

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  • Eddy-Smiles
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    Originally posted by NoDNA View Post
    AH, you guys, I have solve the problem, My bench is built on a 45 Deg angle that way every thing, I put down hits the floor and I have to pick it up and put it away..JUST saying.
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  • NoDNA
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    AH, you guys, I have solve the problem, My bench is built on a 45 Deg angle that way every thing, I put down hits the floor and I have to pick it up and put it away..JUST saying.

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  • rickm
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    arthur you and me

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  • Arthur C.
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    Originally posted by Eddy-Smiles View Post

    Arthur... You just described my carving practices to a "T"! That's the reason I finally got around to making the bench caddy. Occasionally I have the gift to realize that sooner or later, what I'm doing is going to hurt! Too many stitches and holes in shirts and pants from misplaced tools!
    Hmmm...good point Eddy...Guess I'll have to try to clean up (literally) my act!

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  • Eddy-Smiles
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    Originally posted by Arthur C. View Post
    You guys are way too organized for me. When I'm carving it looks like a tornado hit a pig sty...It's a good thing I have a five foot long bench with a built-in back shelf to work on, because I'm all over it.
    Arthur... You just described my carving practices to a "T"! That's the reason I finally got around to making the bench caddy. Occasionally I have the gift to realize that sooner or later, what I'm doing is going to hurt! Too many stitches and holes in shirts and pants from misplaced tools!

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  • Arthur C.
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    You guys are way too organized for me. When I'm carving it looks like a tornado hit a pig sty...It's a good thing I have a five foot long bench with a built-in back shelf to work on, because I'm all over it.

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  • Mark N. Akers
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    Very nice Eddy, looks great.

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  • Eddy-Smiles
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    Originally posted by Brian T View Post
    E-S: do you complete one carving at a time or do you have several "on the go" at the same time?
    I wonder how far you could get with a single knife before you needed another. Half a day?

    I used to pack my tools with a "just in case" attitude. Needed maybe 10%.
    Shifting to the tools of the Pacific Northwest (crooked knife, adze & straight knife) cured me of that.
    I generally have 2 or three whittlin's going at the same time. It's my OCD or PTSD or JLBC (Just Little' Bit Cazy!) or something..... And if I was honest Like most carvers are (YUCK! YUCK!) I'd swear that I only need one knife!

    For what I do I would be satisfied with four knives, a gouge, and a V-tool, if the truth be known. Like you the rest is all excess.

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  • Brian T
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    E-S: do you complete one carving at a time or do you have several "on the go" at the same time?
    I wonder how far you could get with a single knife before you needed another. Half a day?

    I used to pack my tools with a "just in case" attitude. Needed maybe 10%.
    Shifting to the tools of the Pacific Northwest (crooked knife, adze & straight knife) cured me of that.

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  • Eddy-Smiles
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    First off, thank you all for responding to this post. Secondly, all of your chatter and ideas got me to thinking. After pondering as to what I could do to make my caddy more useful it finally dawned on me that I could just add another row of PVC slots. I should have thought of this in the very beginning and if I had I could have added even more but my old brain my be getting slow and sluggish. I must be getting old and have it filled up with too much extraneous trash. Anyway, I down sized the pipe and nestled them against the original pieces. I used 5-minute epoxy to glue them both to the existing slots and base. I probably could get away with adding one additional row but the entire purpose of this thing was to a have a ready and safe place to store the tools that I'm using at any one minute. So the question becomes, how in the world can I use more than eleven knives and tools at a time?
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  • Eddy-Smiles
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    Originally posted by Brian T View Post
    I bought a leather covered box in a garage sale. Kind of peeling off in places.
    Might have been a musical instrument case 50+ years ago.
    I hope to call it a "day-box" for a few tools, apron, sharpening stuff and a couple of projects to hack at.
    Sounds great. Some of the most useful items we use are recycled and re-purposed.

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  • Eddy-Smiles
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    Originally posted by rickm View Post
    i like that and need one the paper bag i put my tools in is getting a bit worn
    Rick... If you're really in a jam I'm sure that I and some of the other forum members would be happy to send our used grocery sacks to you!

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  • Brian T
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    I bought a leather covered box in a garage sale. Kind of peeling off in places.
    Might have been a musical instrument case 50+ years ago.
    I hope to call it a "day-box" for a few tools, apron, sharpening stuff and a couple of projects to hack at.

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  • rickm
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    i like that and need one the paper bag i put my tools in is getting a bit worn

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