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Offline Dabberty

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Finished my carving bench / mule log
« on: February 08, 2018, 08:41:29 AM »
Hi everyone, I finally was able to make the carving bench aka mule log (what is actually the correct naming of this thing?).
The body is from oak, the legs from birch, the pegs from an old broom (most likely ash) and the wedges from pine.
At one side I put a clamp to hold items that are difficult or too small to wedge.
Next up is making a kuksa from walnut and one from a birch burl :-)



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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 08:49:00 AM »
I do not know what they are called but that is a nice one.  As usual you did a great job with it.   :cheers:
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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 12:02:13 PM »
Tremendous idea.......I've never seen one like that before.   It actually looks like a better idea than having a dedicated & permanent, non-portable workbench taking up valuable room in a workshop. :thumbsup:
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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018, 03:23:09 PM »
I like it. Though if you started working right there, you would probably be scooted out of frame in short order.
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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 04:19:33 PM »
Never seen one before, looks like you did a good job making it.
What a great day to be outside.

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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 05:10:02 PM »
Don't know what it is, how to use it, or what it's called. I like it though. Really hoping for a video...
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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 09:02:24 PM »
Looks great, Dabberty

This is the first time I've seen one.  I would love to see some pictures of it in use.

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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 12:06:13 PM »
Thank you, and I am quite surprised that many of you do not know it. I thought it was quite common in the US.
Here is the video of the making of it, and if you skip to 09:05 you will see it in action, just a bit though.

These things are usually used for old school wood carving projects, like big spoons, cups, bowls, kuksa's, etc.
Since the legs come of easy, it is also small in storage, which is something I like a lot since i have very little workspace.


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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 05:23:24 PM »
I used to have an old time name for these benches or what is very similar. It's not even close to coming to mind. Not being sure where I picked it up, I thought YouTube might jog my memory. Once there I saw about a million build vids for them. Of course, I only watched yours Dab. Nice chainsaw work. I have heard a name for the leveling you did after the rip cut. Polish Plane :shrug:


Edit for those who care: https://books.google.com/books?id=ZkvqCQAAQBAJ&pg=PA23&lpg=PA23&dq=define:+woodworking++clave&source=bl&ots=GF9KaJQtme&sig=Zzo0yH_mv9BXWxKWCN7I5mKyCFk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwio38WwkJrZAhWC7VMKHdP6CcEQ6AEwHnoECA0QAQ#v=onepage&q=define%3A%20woodworking%20%20clave&f=false

No one does? :'(
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Re: Finished my carving bench / mule log
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2018, 07:30:34 PM »
I enjoyed your video, you work fast.
Could you make a board stretcher? 8)
What a great day to be outside.