Iron Horse?

It’s been a long time since I followed new products and gadgets in the non-traditional tool world, which is fine with me.   Today there was an email from Woodcraft in my inbox announcing a special on a new product, something called the King Portable Work Station.  Normally, I wouldn’t click, but the picture accompanying the email caught my eye; I noticed that it seemed to be a metal cousin of sorts to the bowl horse — sans seat.  Although it probably developed more along the lines of a saw horse that incorporates a clamp.

The name is a little lackluster, but then I noticed in the related products section at the bottom of the page, that Rockwell had already taken the cool name of “The Jawhorse” with their version (that, I would guess, is pretty new to the market as well), but what do I know.

From what I was able to learn in a few minutes, it seems that you engage the clamp with the foot pedal, then lock it/release it with the switch in front.  Would it be useful for bowls?  Beats me, but I’ll admit I can see some possibilities for certain operations.  I do know I’ll stick with my wooden bowl horse and bench; all that shiny metal scares me.


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10 Responses to Iron Horse?

  1. onerubbersoul says:

    David, I watched Jeff Phares take a chainsaw to a dozen Native American Bust Carvings to sculpt the bases with no issues. He used the Rockwell.


  2. Randy Smith says:

    I have a Jawhorse and find it useful though I haven’t used it too much for carving. Would be easy to snap a bowl in the jaws. Lots of pressure.


  3. Dave Fisher says:

    Thanks for sharing those experiences guys. Sounds like It must stay pretty stable and hold well. I think that some folks could find it useful for holding bowl blanks for hollowing and other shaping tasks, as long as one is careful with the pressure as the bowl gets thinner. However, I still don’t like the idea of all that metal around my edge tools. Wood is better.

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  4. Michael Slyzyk says:

    My first impression was something that, with a touch of CGI magic, could become a mischievous workshop pet (or pest). Maybe I’m just not that inspired by them :-))


  5. William Budd says:

    Dave, I got one about a two years ago, I have used it twice. It’s best feature is that it folds up nice and doesn’t take up much space.

    William Budd, Glenoma, WA


  6. Nick says:

    I agree David, metal is scary! See you at handworks??


  7. Peter says:

    Here’s another version of it on Robin Fawcett’s blog from back in 2009.


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