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Sailmaker’s bench

A long string of COVID projects has brought me to carving.   I sail, and therefore deal with sails and sewing.  After making a ditty bag, I found a nifty plan for a sitting type bench for finishing sails (adding the hardware after sail has been sewn to shaped).   Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to have some nautical carving on it?  So I’ve taken up carving, with the intent of decorating the edges with a rope carving.   I bought the introductory chisel set and I’m having a blast.   After trying nine different rope dimensions and angles of cut on scrap (Ponderosa Pine, three notches of each pattern), I’ve started on the stretcher for the bench.   It requires about 50 identical notches.   I was able to do about 20 in an hour, getting better with each one.  I think I’ll need about 150 notches altogether.  I’ve been using the 7F 14 gouge for most of it.   It is a really fine tool and the Ponderosa pine has been a pleasure to work with.   Although COVID has been a drag socially, it has really increased my skill repertoire (I’ve also built a couple of trebuchets.

Update 1/22/21:  Now finished, adapted for seated carving.  Bench dog holes drilled in seat, wedges and/or hold-downs used to clamp material.  Ditty bag holds spacers, wedges and mallet when not in use.  I may drill more holes to hold gouges in thick part.

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I like it! There are some bright sides to this COVID thing! Thanks for sharing.