Small Carving Work Holder
By Steve Kulp
In response to a question on a Facebook group from Richard Sanchez about work holders for smaller carvings. Steve Kulp shared his design for a small work holder utilizing baluster screws and scrap wood. This is a good method to hold smaller work and prevent injury! Following is an expanded and more detailed version of his comments:
General Dimensions and Hardware. Note: don’t drill the 3/4 in. hole completely through the holder block, or flatten the hole sides. You’ll see why later.
End view showing how to locate 1/4 in hole. Note: after drilling 1/4 in. hole re-drill slightly larger for screw thread clearance , also make sure the hole is at least 3 1/2 in. deep for baluster screw clearance .
Drill pilot hole in bottom of work piece about 1 in. deep, first making sure that it will not interfere with the carving. After drilling the pilot hole run the Baluster screw into the carving , either by using double nuts on the threaded end , or pliers gripping in or about the middle of the Baluster screw .
Now we find out why we didn’t drill the 3/4in. hole through. ! drop a 1/4 in. nut into the 3/4 in hole and jiggle it around until it lays flat on the bottom side of the 3/4 in. hole , lined up with the end drilled 1/4 in hole. Push the Baluster screw into the end hole till it butts against the nut. Start the nut onto the Baluster screw by turning the carving until the nut is started . After the nut is started you should be able to turn the holder until the whole assembly tightens . And this is why we didn’t flatten the edges of the 3/4 hole , the rounded edges will hold the nut while you tighten it .
The assembly tightened and mounted vertically in a bench vice .
Using the other hole you can mount your carving with the holder horizontal in a bench vice .
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