CARVING PRACTICUM - CUTTING OUT AND HOLDING DOWN YOUR CARVING BLANK


MODEL SHIP CONSTRUCTION - HOME

CARVING HOME

SELECTING WOOD TYPES

TYPES OF CARVING TOOLS

MAKING TRACINGS

DIMENSIONING WOOD AND TRANSFERING THE TRACING TO A BLANK

CUTTING OUT AND HOLDING DOWN YOUR CARVING BLANK

VISULIZATION AND TYPES OF CUTS TO USE

VISUALIZATION AND TYPES OF CUTS TO USE CONT.

FINISHING

USING SOURCES OTHER THAN YOUR MODEL PLANS

 

LINKS TO OTHER CARVING HOW-TO SITES:

CARVING INTRODUCTION

CARVING FAQ

The next step is to cut the blank out. Since you traced the carving around the outside edge of your tracing, your line is slightly outside of where you will want to make your cut. In order to deal with this, simply cut right on the outside line of your carving blank. If you get done cutting and there is no visible outside line, then you know you have done a good job.  Like I said before in the tools section, there are alternate tools for lower cost like a coping saw that you can use to cut out your carving blanks as well.

Leave some wood along an edge that will not require much carving such as the back or the top. This extra wood will be what you use to glue down to a surface in order to hold it while carving so that you can use both of your hands while carving.

Add some cyano acrylate to the backside of this extra wood.

Now, take a scrap piece of wood and clamp it down into your vice. glue the carving down to the scrap piece of wood. Now you are ready to start the main carving process! Notice that I glued the back of the carving down so that the edge that needs the most carving is at the edge of the scrap piece of wood. This way I can get at this face more efficiently in order to carve it.