Here you see the original Version 1 of my rock carving work station. I have already made changes to it to make it a more productive safe solution to the minimally annoying hazards of rock carving.
I took an old sandblasting cabinet and turned it into a rock carving cabinet. I was really tired of getting water mud and rock chips flying into my face and all over my shop. I also hate dust so I can use an exhaust fan or shop vacuum while I am carving or grinding on rocks.
Above is a view of my workstation. The complete area is laid out for comfort while rock carving. I am within reach of my computer, the cabinet and all of the Dremel accessories and tools.
Here is a closer view of the rock carving work station, as you may see everything I need while carving is within reach. The exaggerated view of the light was a photo for fun. While it seems the light is blowing out into my face it’s really not. Its a really soft dimmminableLED light that does a great job of lighting up the interior workspace of the cabinet.
Inside the cabinet, I have the water flow system with a water valve to allow me to control how much water is flowing during the different stages of rock carving.
When I am starting and doing heavy material removal or cleaning, Ill let the water flow freely.
While carving detail work, I can slow the flow to a drip. Slowing the flow helps to see detail lines a little more clearly. When the water is flowing fast, it obscures the view of the lines somewhat like a magnifying glass.
I designed the layout of tools and accessories for comfort, just like I designed the outside area. It’s all easily accessible without extreme hand and arm movement, after sitting and carving rocks for awhile Ii like to have everything right at my fingertips.