Though the saw bench is low, it is so efficient my bent over time is shorter and more productive. Also I am doing more carving, both relief and carving in the round on projects from my shop. Things that require a very careful touch with the chisel need to be clamped/held in place while hold the cutting or anding tool with both hands. It is best when the wood to very secure so I can then use two hands to accurately control the Dremel, knife or chisel.
I happen upon an Instructable showing how to make a foot operated hold down. I quite liked the design and will probably make one like in the video for working on larger items but first I modified the plan for use with on my carving projects.
|hold down holding a carved spoon.|
I used a piece of oak, because I still have a bundle of oak shorts around and to held stabilize the hold-down I screwed a cross piece onto the bottom. It is not a big project, I drilled and counter sunk two holes, rounded the end off the hold down and threaded the rope through. The biggest trick was getting the rope the length that suited me the best.
The cross piece is probably over engineering the project but that is my nature when I comes to this sort of thing. The clamps keep the hold-down from moving one way and the cross piece keeps it from wiggling the other. I have a spare KREG KKS-BK Bench Klamp that I will probably mount on the top of my carving bench next.
I threaded the rope through the holes and tied a knot at the bottom. If I want to work with this hold down while sitting I can tie a knot in the rope to shorten it or leave it long for standing.