Classical carving bench (AKA Shaving Horse) in 1:12 scale miniature for carving with hammer and chisel.
Made of lemonwood with threaded brass axle and nuts. Everything is made from scratch and is fully functional. It is assembled with dovetails, wedges and friction fit with no glue.
The carver would sit astraddle the bench, with the notched vertical support upright between the legs. The wood to be carved is placed between the support and lever. Pressing the foot plate puts pressure on the wood piece to hold it during the carving. The full-sized one would be adjusted for the size of the carving pieces by pulling and re-inserting the wedges in the vertical pieces. This one works the same way (hence, no glue).
This is the natural finish on the raw wood. The bench needs to be cosmetically aged before going into Gepetto’s workshop. I hate to do that. I love the way the lemonwood looks – lemonwood is probably my favorite wood to work with (although it’s too dense to take stain).
I made this for my miniature Gepetto by adapting a full-sized design found on www.craftsmanspace.com.
Several of the more complex pieces are pin-routed (i.e., tracing along the edge of fixture using an overhead router). I laser cut various pin-routing fixture components plus a couple for sawing the leg tapers. The axle, nuts, and various pins/pegs were turned on my micro-lathe.
The #0-80 wing nut may be my favorite piece; turned on my micro-lathe and then tapped and shaped by hand. Somehow I am always surprised when I manage to persuade a piece of metal to do what I want.
I am thankful to Walter, who pointed out during my initial project research that woodcarvers use different tables and benches than do carpenters.
EDIT: Here’s the aged version.