Shaving Horse

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Blog entry by WhiskeyWaters posted 02-26-2011 09:33 PM 2620 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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#1 posted 02-26-2011 09:41 PM

Ok. I give up. What the heck is a shaving horse used for?
Never mind. I looked it up here:

-- Neill

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 10:25 PM

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

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

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#3 posted 02-26-2011 11:30 PM

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 @ used2btrees

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 03:29 AM

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.


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

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 08:30 AM

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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#6 posted 02-28-2011 05:40 AM

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

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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