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"Carving Studio," finally ready to go!




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Hi everyone,

Wow, I can't believe it has been 4 months since I signed up for the school and ordered my carving tools, I still have 3 tools on back-order, but man time flies by.  From the time my tools started to arrive I was struggling with ideas of how to store the tools and still have them readily accessible and what kind of carving table to use, and I was tired of staring at my tools piled up on my computer desk in their plastic sleeves.

At first I wanted to build a nice cabinet with drawers and dividers but I quickly realized that I would not really have room in my bedroom studio for a chest of drawers big enough for all of the tools, and the workshop (garage) is currently full of 16 bags of insulation as I am trying to make the space more comfortable during the brutal Georgia summers, so building a fancy cabinet was not feasible until I clear out the workshop and get the wood working tools in the proper place.

I ended up purchasing an Armor "Clamping Table" and some Veritas "Wonder Dogs" and "Planing Stop" to use as a carving bench, I hope it works well.  After watching Mary's "Beginners" videos I liked the idea of using magnetic tool holders like the ones on the wall behind her, but I do not have access to a wall big enough in the garage or bedroom studio as most of the space is already allocated.  While shopping around on Amazon I came across some steel log brackets for making a holder for fire wood and I got the idea for my carving tool rack.

I used two sets of the log brackets and nine 2 x 4s and six 24" long magnetic tool holders to build my tool rack and a shelf for my carving bench to hold my carving blanks, it took me about six or eight hours to design, cut, sand and assemble the rack and shelf.  I still need to order two more magnetic tool holders and attach them to complete the rack, I originally only planned to have 6 magnetic holders but ended up building it for eight.  I plan on adding some work bench casters, so I can turn the rack around.  Many things came up over the last four months that delayed me getting my space ready, but I was finally able to work on it and finish it this week. I would love to eventually have a backyard combination carving studio and wood shop, but, oh well one can dream, can't he?

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That's really very nicely done. Much better then the setup I have. I'm sure you're on your way to producing many fine carvings.

Jeffrey, that is a great solution! It looks like a very compact tool holder that will potentially hold many different tools - not just carving tools. One of the questions people have asked me is whether the magnetic tool holders affect my gouges in any way. An assumption was that the magnets cause metal "dust" to stick to the tool while sharpening. I have never found this, as I use oil or water as a lubricant (depending on what stone I use). Maybe if you sharpen with no lubricant, you may get fine metal dust sticking to the tool, but I'm still not sure if that would be much of an issue. The convenience of the magnetic strips makes it very useful. Great job! Thanks for sharing.