New rough carving technique
16 Dec 2017 19:06 #2571
I am thinking about a new rough carving technique for my next set of plates - I'm building two archtops this winter, so looking to ease the pain of carving extremely figured maple (my hands are cramping up just thinking of it). I usually do the "drill a ton of holes with a depth stop and hack out the waste" technique, but I have to be wary of the extremely figured birds-eye maple I have for one back. I've seen where people use a router to route out waste using contour lines as a guide, but I hate routers in the first place, and really really hate free-hand routing with them. So I thought of a compromise. I think I might make a set of nested templates corresponding to my contour lines, clamp them on the plate and use them to route to. I usually do three depths on a 1" thick plate - 3/4" for the edge, then 1/2" then 1/4", leaving the big middle bit at full thickness. If I can figure out a way to fasten the templates on without harming the plate, I may do this and see how it works.
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.