Carving Indoors

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  1. UAHiker

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    so all you carvers.... do any of you carve inside? by the fireplace? on the couch? in the living room? if so how do you contain your chips and keep mess at a minimal for clean up?

    been thinking of carving while the wife watches TV or reads a book and the kids are sleeping just trying to figure out most effective way to contain chips and minimizing clean up.

    been thinking of laying down a mat or wearing some sort of big apron with a big "cup" sewn into it to collect chips but wasn't sure if that was the most effective/easiest way or someone had a different idea. i don't think i have to worry too much about chips flying since most of it will be knife work, i'll leave the axe or larger chip making to outside or some place i can clean up later.
     
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    Not so much carving, but I shaped a few axe handles in my apt with a drawknife and spokeshave. I used a pizza box to catch all the...well, most of the shavings lol. I'd imagine you'd have even more control doing something smaller like a spoon or kuksa. An understanding wife is helpful as well.
     
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    I have quite often. the best method I've found is to do it over non-carpeted surface, such as hardwood floors or linoleum, but also primarily over a small cardboard box. you could also put a tarp or something down. most of the mess will land in the box and you can just dump that out later, but some of it will land outside. you can just sweep or vacuum that up afterword. the one thing you don't want to do is just do it over carpet or leaning back in a chair, or basically above cloth of any kind. the chips/shavings WILL find a way to get stuck in the fibers.
     
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    Forgot to add, maybe try a canvas painters drop cloth?
     
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    I use last year's old threadbare beach towels that I put on my lap for doing such chores. It also works fine for decamping and priming rifle and pistol brass. A 2'x2' piece of denim or scrap canvas would also work well but the old towels are free. When done take it off the porch and give it a pop and it's clean and ready for next time.


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    I carve indoors often. Just lay down a small tarp under your area, then you can pick it up at the corners and trash/compost the whole mess at the end. Avoid working over carpet unless you enjoy picking chips out of the nap by hand...they tend to stick.
     
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    I lay down and old bed sheet.


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    Truest comment in this whole thread, lol :4:
     
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    i have an unfinished basement with bare concrete. sweeps up nice and easy in the end.
     
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    12" x 2" cake pan I found at the Goodwill. Fits on my lap and catches most of the shavings and chips.

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    Wouldn't hurt if the first project is a nice spoon or spatula for the Mrs either.
     
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    true that, my wife actually mentioned it to me last time we talked! so she's on board!! i'm a lucky man :)
     
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    thought about that as well. i have an old 5x8 drop cloth
     
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    I actually prefer to carve inside sometimes. Like when my stash of shavings for tinder grows low. I just sweep it up off the floor and carpet. Easy for me as I live alone.
     
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    I've found it easiest to just go and clean up later. Pickup doesn't take that long with a few swipes of a vacuum.
     
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    I'm pretty lucky in that I have an unfinished basement where I can make as much mess as I want while I'm working. Once I'm done I go through the leavings and take out anything that might be good for starting fires. All the small chips just bet swept up and dumped in the can. If I really thought about it I could probably place the chips in a small container and then spread them out around our blueberry bushes.

    That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.

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    I carve over a hard wood floor and sweep when I'm done. Pretty simple.
     
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    Wife does not care where I carve just as long as it gets cleaned up.
     
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    Yep 90% of the time. Garbage can and hardwood floors so I just sweep up what misses.
     
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    I usually use a bath or beach towel. For small carvings that catches all but the occasional wayward chip. I can fold the towel up and take it outside and shake it out. Then I follow up with a quick pass with the vacuum if I feel the need.
     
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    +1 to sweeping up if there is hardwood under you.

    If you are leaning back in a big comfy chair then +1 to having an old towel in your lap.
     
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    This small canvas basket was found at wallyworld. Works well for me although a few chips rebel and head for the rug occasionally.

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    Same basket. I like its small enough to set on my lap while I carve without getting in the way too much.



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    I have the old flooring ripped out of half of the house so, for now, the downstairs is mostly subfloor as I gradually replace each room's floor covering. I carve in the living room in front of the woodstove. Of course, the dogs meander through the chips, dragging them onto the throw rug, furniture and getting them stuck in their fur. I have given up trying to contain them and just sweep up when I am done. I usually use the chips to start the woodstove later. If you have a hard surface, clean up is pretty easy.
     
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    I carve in the recliner while watching tv. Usually I just put a large shopping bag on my lap and try and make a wall with the bag opposite of my work. But I have been racking my brain on a design to sew up using ripstop fabric. Something easy to dump, and reuse with a wall to catch those bastard chips. The project would be easy to make the only problem is finding something ridgid kinda like tent poles that you could take apart and put away.
     
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    Yeah I like to carve inside. I always carve in the kitchen because it's easy to clean up in there. The first time I tried it, I carved my wife a heart. Ha!
     
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    Wife loves it when I carve in the living room by the fire. Makes her happy to see me happy.

    I usually clean up after myself and save the shavings to start the next morning's fire in the winter, or will throw them into the compost heap during the summer.
     
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    I use a small serving tray to catch most of the debris.
     
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    I carve in my basement, its heated unlike the barn. There is a carvers apron that has a Velcro pouch so that you can empty it easier.
    I sweep and vacuum up the tile I carve in what get me in trouble is when the dog lays down in the chips and carry's them through out the house....who gets the blame :(
     
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    I'm only allowed to carve in the house in one specific room, rarely shown to other people. I try to get all the chips to land in a trash can, but plenty always escape. I sweep them up with my hand-otherwise my wife complains that it looks like beavers live here. plus, the dog and baby, along with my socks tend to track shavings all over the house. so, clean up each time, or don't carve as often as I'd like!
     
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    My wife made sure my father bought me a shop vac for the holidays for this exact cleanup purpose!
     

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