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Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform

Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform

Clamp any carving with this solidly built and versatile bench By Bob Duncan While many carvers work in their lap or on a tabletop, some projects call for clamping. Enter the Sjobergs Elite Clamping Platform. Paired with the right accessories, its all-over pattern of dog holes lets you clamp any […]

by December 15, 2017 News, Product Reviews
Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat

Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat

By Bob Duncan Rockler’s Silicone Project Mat is one of those products that makes you ask, “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before now?” This mat will protect your work surface from … well … everything. The 15″ by 30″ mat gives you plenty of space to work. The 1/8″-thick […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

Kutzall Grit Hand Rasps

By Bob Duncan Even expert carvers find themselves in situations where it’s challenging to get a clean cut. Either there’s a bad spot in the wood or you can’t get a tool into the area. The best tool to reach for in these situations is often a rasp, but the […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Klingspor’s Sandflex Hand Block

Klingspor’s Sandflex Hand Block

By Bob Duncan Imagine combining an eraser with a sanding sponge—the result is the Klingspor Sandflex hand block. I use these blocks to literally erase rust anywhere. The blocks come in three grits: coarse, medium, and fine. Choose a coarse or medium grit based on how much rust you need […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Arbortech Contour Random Sander

Arbortech Contour Random Sander

By Bob Duncan Arbortech’s new Contour Random Sander dramatically reduces the sanding time for any size carving. The sander, which attaches to an angle grinder, allows you to quickly sand all but the smallest of carvings. The soft rubber base of the sander adapts to the contour of the carving […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Tornado 1000 Dust Collector

Tornado 1000 Dust Collector

Tabletop dust collector cleans up after most aggressive bits By Bob Duncan Several commercial tabletop dust collectors are available, as are a host of plans for shop-made versions. The Tornado 1000, which is made in the USA by SMC Enterprises, stands out thanks to its large working area and the […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy

Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy

By Bob Duncan Every carver should have a tube of wood-colored epoxy in his or her toolbox. Kampel’s WoodFil Epoxy is not only easy to use, but also comes in a variety of colors. I like the way you can mix and match different putty colors to make custom colors. […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Dremel Fortiflex

Dremel Fortiflex

By Bob Duncan Dremel’s new Fortiflex flexible shaft tool features a more powerful motor and higher torque than the company’s standard high-speed rotary tools. It comes with a hanging motor attached to a flexible shaft and a variable-speed foot pedal to control the 1/5hp motor, which can reach speeds of […]

by December 23, 2016 Product Reviews
Arbortech Turboplane

Arbortech Turboplane

By Bob Duncan Remove the excess wood on a carving easily with Arbortech’s new TurboPlane. This tool, which comes in two sizes, attaches to an angle grinder and allows you to remove wood quickly and easily. I’ve used other tools that attach to an angle grinder and remove wood quickly, […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews
Smart Jars

Smart Jars

By Bob Duncan Pegboard always seems like a good idea, but for tools, I’ve moved to a shelf/drawer system. But I kept the 4×8 sheet of pegboard tacked to my shop wall, because, well, it should be good for something. At Maker Faire in New York City last September, I […]

by December 22, 2016 Product Reviews