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Old 12-16-2012, 05:08 PM
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Default Carving bench hooks

Another message board member asked me to post some photos of the bench hook and tool holder I use for my sit-down carving. I also made a flat version that travels better. The angled bench hook is 18" wide by 21" deep, with mostly 1/2'" diameter holes, but they're sized to match the metal ferrule on the gouges (some are 5/8" and a few are 3/4"). The holes are 1 1/2" on center and the rows are 1 1/2" apart and staggered. The foam covering is carpet pad that I glue on with contact cement. Non-skid drawer liner works well to but isn't as durable as the carpet pad. I glue the drawer liner on the bottom of the bench hook to keep it from sliding and scratching the table top.

I make the bench hooks from scrap counter-top material from the local DIY's. The bottom support piece is cut from the counter-top and attached with wood screws before the carpet pad is glued on the top. Plywood works fine too, but the "hook" is already on the counter-top, so it saves a step. Mike
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Default Re: Carving bench hooks

What a great idea, Mike! I always enjoy seeing how others make use of materials they have lying around. Thanks for sharing.

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Default Carving bench hooks

Nice bench hooks. You've done a great job. I suspect they work the best with relief carvings. I made a small one some time ago, but I haven't used it often, since I tend to carve little caricatures that I hold in my hand. Still the carving board (as I call it) sits astride my tool tote to hold gouges and v-tools while I'm working outside or at a table. I've grown rather fond of it. Here is a picture of the carving board atop my tool tote, with five little people.

I've started painting the little folk since I took the picture.
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