After more than 30 years of woodworking, I’m finally trying my hand at carving. But instead of investing in an expensive carver’s vise, I improvised this handy benchtop carving “hook.”

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After more than 30 years of woodworking, I'm finally trying my hand at carving. But instead of investing in an expensive carver's vise, I improvised this handy benchtop carving "hook."

Because the bottom cleats bear on the corner of the bench, you can carve from different angles. And because it's portable, you can take it outside to the picnic table to carve on nice days.
—Serge Duclos, Delson, Que.