Bench top carving bench


Being one of those guys with back problems I’m always looking for ways to save my back, this is one of those ways. A bench top carving bench with an adjustable top. The top will tilt from 0 to 90 degrees. It clamps to my regular workbench. This way I can stand straight up to do all my carving projects.
Its 12" tall and the top is 1 3/4 thick x 16" wide x 39" long made from one piece of red oak. The base is all out of some 12/4 ash that I had. The aluminum bars that hold up the top I made from some 5/8 thick material that I had on hand. The blue track and knobs are from Rockler. The hinges for the top are large soss hinges.
After I got all that done I decided to add a moxon vise to the back side, this also acts as a counter balance for when the carving top is ever tilted to 90 degrees.
It works really well, very happy with it. Now just need to decide if I done with it or not and get some finish on it. Right now I’m not liking the clamp thing on the vise, thinking about re-doing that part and making my own vise hardware.
Thanks for having a look!

I'd rather be covered in sawdust

That looks like a very ingenious creation. Do you ever sit down to carve?

Are you working on a pie crust table? (I hope I didn’t miss anything.)


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

A nice solution to an unfortunate problem.

Losing fingers since 1969

Looks like a well thought out bench addition and I bet a pleasure to use .


Les this design is a killer Wow just plan WOW

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

This is brilliant!!! 

Very creative thinking to help with aging or challenged bodies. 

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit