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My carving tools

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by signmeup, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    A member asked me what tools I used to carve lettering and I couldn't find the old post about it so here is a new one. And some pictures of carving an N into 15 pound Cora foam HDU.

    The pic with the fingers shows how the flat back of the chisel indexes itself on the previously carved part of the letter.

    The club in the first pic is my carver's mallet. It looks like it would be hard to use but it's really great for tapping on chisels when the letters are too far from the edge to just push them by hand.

    I have some other chisels and stuff but these are the ones needed to carve these letters. Note that I am carving through a plotter cut vinyl mask. When it's time to paint the sign it make it pretty easy to stay inside the lines. (The panel is pre-painted )
     

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  2. OlsonSigns601

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    What do you use the billy club for and is that blood on it?
     
  3. geb

    geb Very Active Member

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    What does the wooden, baseball bat looking tool do? Thanks for showing the pictures.

    George
     
  4. neato

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    Thanks for taking the time to post those pics. That's a great help.
     
  5. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    The bat is my carver's mallet. Yes, that is blood.
     
  6. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    You're welcome Philip. I was getting tired of keeping my balance anyway...
     
  7. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    Adrian, I'd love to see how you carve your O's :)
     
  8. piccadillysigns

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    Thanks for posting, Nice Photography too.
     
  9. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    Smart ***.


    :ROFLMAO:
     
  10. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    For O's I use the v tool shown and the bent one, 3rd from the right. Or a box cutter.

    C'mon up... I'll give you a demo. Better yet... fly me down there this winter...
     
  11. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

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    Adrian you're welcome down anytime. Can give you free room and board if that helps! :)
     
  12. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    I can bring a sleeping bag and camp out on the pool table.
     
  13. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Don't forget the free Cor-X airplane ride while you're there. You'll get a free one......... I'm sure......:rock-n-roll:






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  15. SignProPlus-Alex

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    Amazing. Thank you for keeping hand carving art alive.
    A those regular angle chisels? Or they were reground?
     
  16. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    They are cabinet chisels. I have ground them to a sharper angle than the hardware store grind. They don't need very strong edges for carving foam.
     
  17. signmeup

    signmeup Major Contributor

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    It is actually a "Priest"... for reading a fish it's last rites, but it makes a dandy mallet.

    It can be used to great effect on miscreants and is even more powerful if used with magic words "or else".
     
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  18. mrchips

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    Proof once again, that it's not the tools that make the craftsman.

    Joe,

    Makin Chip$ and Havin Fun!
     
  19. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Thank you for sharing learned just by seeing this a little something.
     
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