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This is a jig I saw in a video on carving hiking /walking sticks. That one was part of a work bench. This is portable. It can be mounted to a bench. I have used on my B&D workmate. It holds the work steady and it is easy to turn the stick to the right, left or around as needed. It is 9" wide and 30" long. It will hole a stick up to 3" inches in diameter. There are a lot of jigs out there. This one is cheap and easy to make. And has worked well for me.
 

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That is something i have never seen .didnt know you could get jigs for this sort of thing? will look it up on the web

the only aid i use for holding my work is a carvers and standard vice (think you call it vise?) then i just usually carve toppers .If it works for you it must be okay.

Always interested how people work and what with , i hardly use knives just chisels and palm tools along with the rotary tool.
 

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That is something i have never seen .didnt know you could get jigs for this sort of thing? will look it up on the web

the only aid i use for holding my work is a carvers and standard vice (think you call it vise?) then i just usually carve toppers .If it works for you it must be okay.
Always interested how people work and what with , i hardly use knives just chisels and palm tools along with the rotary tool.
Iam not sure you can buy them. I made this jig. It is a simple project.
 

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Sorry I did not show the bottom of the jig in the 1st post. I use bungee cored to hold down the bottom of a stick. I have 2 hooks on the back of the base. Some make this jig with a clamp like is used at the top.
 

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On the odd occasion i had to but the shank in the vice to steady it i just used a s20mm spade bit to drill a piece of wood cut in half and placed the shank between the two piecest to steady the shank ,but have never carved a shank yet?may get round to it? So could be handy for carving shanks its handy place to keep you work tools
 

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I use mallet, palm tools and power. As I have gotten older I like having both hands on the tool when I can for better control. The jig holds work secure when some pressure is required. Another great vice is a Rockwell Jaw Horse. It holds your shank or stick very secure. It works best with shank that has a even diameter. You have to us a shim if the shank or stick is tapered. But the Jaw horse is one of those tool that I use for many things in the house, shop or outside.
 

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Totally agree you need control over tools your are useing,and the advantages of holding work firmly in place is a must
 

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I like how you cut the top of the jig at a slight angle, so it grips full width of the clamp. I'll be making one soon. Thanks!
 

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Hi,

I'm brand new to walking sticks (and carving in general) and this jig looked like a great idea - I'm not sure I want to build/store a full shaving horse yet. I'm using 1/2" 13 thread rod - although I haven't glued it into the jig yet. I can't seem to find the handle piece - it looks like a 1/2" nut welded to a piece of metal?

I thought about making my own out of wood, but 1/2" t-nuts aren't easily found. Is that handle something specific I should look for, or is it custom made?

Thanks for any tips!
 

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Hi,

I'm brand new to walking sticks (and carving in general) and this jig looked like a great idea - I'm not sure I want to build/store a full shaving horse yet. I'm using 1/2" 13 thread rod - although I haven't glued it into the jig yet. I can't seem to find the handle piece - it looks like a 1/2" nut welded to a piece of metal?

I thought about making my own out of wood, but 1/2" t-nuts aren't easily found. Is that handle something specific I should look for, or is it custom made?

Thanks for any tips!
I C clamp this jig on may Black & Decker workmate. I have clamped it to pick nick tables. I sent you a IM. I will send jig plan.
 

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I was expecting that I'd be done and carving away with the new jig a few weeks ago. I'm almost done. The base is done, stained and finished. Still need to make the vise handle But I got so frustrated maneuvering around my little room, I decided to completely reorganize my workshop. I've moving to a French cleat system for storage, which will let me eliminate an entire stationary workbench and make more room for carving. Hopefully that will let me get back to my first stick within a couple of weeks! Happy New Year!
 

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Not sure how I missed this post before. Very clever setup. I like how you chained the spacer blocks to the jig so you wouldn't lose them.

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Great Jig and again beautiful in its simplicity, looks like I have done things the hard way, on the two or three wood spirits I have done on poles I have hand held and used knife and Flexcut Scorps (one of the best tools for in hand carving), you can guess the amount of room require to hold in hand and turn thro all positions (usually done outside), will seriously consider making one of these.

Thanks for the info and pictures.

This is what this forum is about - sharing knowledge and posting tips and tricks to help all stick makers.
 

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At long last, my carving jig is done! This little project really was a catalyst to reorganize my workshop. I ended up:

- Making French cleats and little storage units for power tools, which let me get rid of a shelf and an entire workbench

- Buying a new toolbox for small parts storage

- Relocating/tossing a bunch of misc items from the basement to make room for plywood storage

- Building a cart that can hold a bench-top bandsaw, belt/disc sander, and spindle sander

- Getting rid of the old worn-out foam floor tiles and put down brand new ones

- Got a Dust Deputy and made room for it to improve the shop-vac dust collection

..so a "few days" for this project turned into weeks of reorganization. But it's so much better now, I have room on one bench for electronics stuff and more floor space for wood stuff!

Anyway I ended up making my own handle as I didn't have a carver's screw. I found some unique 1/2" nuts on eBay that worked well. Now I can finally get back to that first stick!

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Well done, looks good!
 

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I was expecting that I'd be done and carving away with the new jig a few weeks ago. I'm almost done. The base is done, stained and finished. Still need to make the vise handle But I got so frustrated maneuvering around my little room, I decided to completely reorganize my workshop. I've moving to a French cleat system for storage, which will let me eliminate an entire stationary workbench and make more room for carving. Hopefully that will let me get back to my first stick within a couple of weeks! Happy New Year!
The French cleat system works very well for me.Its simple to reorganise in a few minutes have found it very versatile

Its something I did to organise my workshop, I also made a chisel holder which I find very useful it puts all my chisels at arms length and have since added a few more pieces to it so it holds my palm tools

Have not made a jig my shop to small

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Like the jig I have in the past fixed a board with a "V" groove to my carving vice and clamped a shank to it, the main problem is that it needs doing outside due to swing of shank when changing orientation.

As to the problem of holding tapered shanks or for any wedge shaped component I while ago I saw a piece of kit on the internet and made one - a amazing little aid and holds tapers solidly in a vice, attache pic's, can be made any sizte or a range of sizes.

The domed pin which allows pivot is a Domed Head Coach Bolt cut down and epoxy'd in. and for protection a strip of vynolay was glued to contact face. the last pic shows it in max pos'n should relieve corners/edges either side of dome for more clearance .
 

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That is a good simple solution to firmly holding a tapering stick. Thanks for sharing Gloops.
 
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