Carving Arm Plans - Allows "hands free" Carving!

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Carving Arm Plans - Allows "hands free" Carving!

Postby jajolliffe » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:10 am

Hello Forum Users.

I wanted to share a carving arm pattern I found on-line from Lynn Diel (pictures 1 &2). I made a copy of this and it works great! The 3/8" nut handle available from McMaster-Carr is a key component as it allows you to use your mallet to tighten the fixture. Lynn's version uses a carver's screw (or long lag bolt with a washer) to attach the carving stock.

Lynn Diel Carving Arm 1 of 2.png

Lynn Diel Carving Arm 2 of 2.png


I carve both large and small pieces. To support the smaller pieces, I modified the design using a 2"x2" pine piece and you can see a piece of cottonwood bark attached to the arm and in my bench vice in picture 3. I simply use two screws to attach the cottonwood bark to the arm.

2%22X2%22 Carving Arm 1 of 2.png


I hope you consider making one of these. It took my carving to another level as I now had two hands free for increase power and control.

Happy Carving,
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Re: Carving Arm Plans - Allows "hands free" Carving!

Postby loyd » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:21 am

You don't need to be a carver to make use of something like this. It looks like it would be handy for general bench use as well as carving. Clicking on the photos enlarges the drawings to a very readable level.
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Re: Carving Arm Plans - Allows "hands free" Carving!

Postby sid_matheny » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:24 am

I'm not a carver but I may have to make one of those. I can see several uses for one. Well done and thanks for sharing the plan with us.
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Re: Carving Arm Plans - Allows "hands free" Carving!

Postby loyd » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:55 pm

See
prototype carving jig
in the CNC forum for a CNC version of this.
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