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All About Clamps & Vises

All About Clamps & Vises

Essential hardware to aid your carving by Roger Schroeder There are probably as many clamping methods as there are carvers because every carver holds his or her own carving differently. But most have very similar roots—and are based on a few simple ideas. Holding Unless you are planning to hold […]

by December 8, 2017 Shop Tips
Carver’s Lapboard

Carver’s Lapboard

No room in the house is off limits with this portable carving station made from scrap. by Charles Brown This article was first published in issue 34 of Woodcarving Illustrated. The dimensions of the lapboard depend on a couple factors; I made mine to fit comfortably in my easy chair. Your […]

by December 6, 2017 Shop Tips
Shop-Made Rotary Carving Vise

Shop-Made Rotary Carving Vise

Create this clever, hold-anything vise for less than $30 by Mike Burton This article was first published in issue 34 of Woodcarving Illustrated. When doing any type of full-form sculpture, holding the work can pose a challenge. To meet this need, I’ve developed a rotating vise that will meet many holding […]

by December 4, 2017 Shop Tips
Shop-Made Holding Devices

Shop-Made Holding Devices

Inexpensive methods for holding irregularly shaped carvings by Roger Schroeder This article was first published in issue 35 of Woodcarving Illustrated. Carvers tend to be innovative—and with the odd shapes that carvings can take on, many commercial holding devices just won’t work. That is why carvers design, or adapt, their own […]

by December 1, 2017 Shop Tips
Q&A: Do I Need a Sharpening Appliance?

Q&A: Do I Need a Sharpening Appliance?

Q: I saw these new sharpening appliances on a website. Do I need something like this to sharpen my carving tools? A:  No. Sharpening appliances like this are designed for single-edge chisels and plane irons. You could sharpen knives and gouges on it, but they don’t require the absolute flatness the aluminum […]

by July 3, 2017 Shop Tips
All About Chisels, Gouges, and V-Tools Part 2

All About Chisels, Gouges, and V-Tools Part 2

Keeping up with the old and the new in essential carving tools By Roger Schroeder   Whittlers take note: Chisels, gouges, and V-tools are here to stay. While you may feel comfortable with just a knife in your hand, don’t think that these other edge tools can’t perform miracles.   […]

by April 20, 2017 Shop Tips
All About Chisels, Gouges, and V-Tools Part 1

All About Chisels, Gouges, and V-Tools Part 1

Despite hundreds of profiles, sizes, and shapes to choose from, they all remove wood By Roger Schroeder   To a carver, chisels, gouges, and V-tools are all chisels. While that simplifies the description, it is not accurate. The cutting edge of a chisel is a rectangular shape, while the cutting […]

by April 18, 2017 Shop Tips
Paint Tote Case

Paint Tote Case

Build a simple but sturdy organizer for your paint collection By Dick Truesdell Like many woodcarvers, I have accumulated a sizeable collection of paint bottles. Storing, organizing, and transporting all of them to classes was difficult, so I decided to build this handy case. Done as a weekend project, I […]

by April 10, 2017 Projects, Shop Tips

Organizing Sandpaper

I use small strips of sandpaper, and sometimes the grit of the sandpaper is not visible on the backs of the small pieces. A friend suggested I reinforce sandpaper with strips of duct tape, especially when I’m sanding in tight corners. I decided to color-code the duct tape based on […]

by April 26, 2012 Shop Tips

Stropping Angle

No matter how you strop, whether by hand or with power, the surface you are working is always face down and out of sight. This makes it difficult to see if you are holding the tool at the correct angle. I use a Sharpie® marker to draw a broad mark […]

by April 24, 2012 Shop Tips