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Blog entry by WhiskeyWaters posted 1251 days ago 1951 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a class canceled this week for 2 days, giving me 3 hrs to do some workshop building. This shaving horse was built from scrap 2×4s, a few 4×4 oak posts and a broom handle. Lag bolts connect the legs, and the yoke & axle of the swing arm was whittled down to the correct size and fitted with pressure/friction.

I’ve never used/taught shaving horses before so this weekend and Monday will be spent in the throes of research.

I’ll be putting up a build post on this bad boy on my teaching site at some point. Keep yer ears open.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.



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NDGraham

21 posts in 1253 days


#1 posted 1251 days ago

Ok. I give up. What the heck is a shaving horse used for?
Never mind. I looked it up here:
http://www.greenwoodworking.com/ShavingHorsePlans
and
http://www.bloodandsawdust.com/sca/horses.html

-- Neill

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lew

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#2 posted 1251 days ago

Nice!! Very Sturdy!! Really like the comfortable seat!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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learnin2do

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#3 posted 1251 days ago

Very nice use of materials!! It is always good to take the time to make something you need to make things; sometimes it is hard to stop and do that.

-- christine

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WhiskeyWaters

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#4 posted 1251 days ago

Neill -

Thanks for the bloodnsawdust link…I took one look at the treadle lathe and knew I had to have one. Combine the flywheel with a saw blade….....I may have an 18th century shopsmith…

Christine -

It’s the hardest part of teaching – finding the time to get what needs to be done done (like sharpening! I need to sharpen a few of the blades/chisels) without taking away class-time. I have a student building a walking stick, so he needs the tools to do the job.

-WW

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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rdlaurance

361 posts in 1952 days


#5 posted 1251 days ago

Good job, WhiskeyWaters. That is an item that I’ll also be adding to my workshop sometime later in the Spring. With literally tons of dead elm logs laying around, I see it as a fun project!

Like you, I’ve never used one before, but have had many occasions over the years when I’ve felt it would have been a blessing. Also I’ll have to carve one handle to replace the missing part on my antique hand-forged drawknife and do a major sharpening. I’m primed to do it already!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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Dave

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#6 posted 1250 days ago

I like it, sturdy, simple and rustic. Plus made from scraps.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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