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Vamp's Ergonomic Study for Carvers (survey available, just pm me your email address)
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Joined: Jun 01, 2009
Posts: 2379
From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2014-07-28 08:21 am   Permalink

I took it right?

I have the worst memory...

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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1977
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2015-08-26 11:07 pm   Permalink

Bumping this thread back, after a year!
I the past year, I found a used jawhorse on Craigslist, and have started using it more and more. And just recently, I found a used B+D workmate, also on Craigslist, and am learning how versatile it can be. Both need some custom modifications to really work for me, and I'm contemplating what they will be.
When I use either, I am very aware how much more safe I'm working, compared to being on the ground holding the logs with my feet(!), so this thread has had a positive effect!
Marlene, anything ever result from the survey? Pretty sure I took it, but my memory, like Jeff's, isn't the best.
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
Posts: 2393
From: So FL
Posted: 2015-08-31 07:09 am   Permalink

4WD - I used a Workmate for a while, but I'm too tall and it was too short. WillCarve came up with a carving platform that is versatile and ergonomic. Create 4 stacks of cement blocks, 3-5 blocks high (depending on how tall you are), place 8' 4x4 stringers across the stacked blocks (the stringers are held in place by inserting 2x4s into the stacked blocks, this also helps the blocks stay aligned and prevents the logs from rolling off). This simple system allows you to bring the log up to a desired height and also allows the log to roll back and forth giving you access to all sides. It can be left outside without fear of rusting away. The hard part is raising the logs up to the platform.

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