By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) This above video is a continuation of my amazing recent visit, with my family, to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. Click here to see the previous video and photos. Steven Gallagher took time to give me a tour of his mid-19th Century tool chest. I love old tools, so this was like Christmas for me! We also had a really great time talking about handle making. I was surprised to see that he uses the same method...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) My family and I recently visited one of my new favorite woodworking destinations: The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia (see the above video). We planned to stay 2 hours, but stayed 6. I loved my visit and the historical tools and furniture so much that I went back a week later to interview the head furniture makers. So I’ll be sharing several upcoming videos & photos from my two visits. Some of them will focus just on the...
I’ve been wanting a shaving bench. And since i can’t help but contemplate the design concepts behind what i’m about to build, i contemplated the fundamentals of how a shaving horse works. I thought “Great. But why not like this?” .. as an alternate mechanism for clamping a work piece in position sprang to mind. The contraption looks to me like a giraffe stretched out to drink, or the head of a giraffe, so I call it the shaving Giraffe rather than shaving Horse. W...
One wild shaving horseMuseum tour just for the inspiration… This is part three of the shaving horse blog. Today my daughter and I took a little tour to a town in Denmark called Roskilde.In roskilde we have this beautiful church, where all our kings and queens are burried. But also a wonderful little tool museum http://www.roskildemuseum.dk/Default.aspx?ID=113 .The tools here are donated to the museeum by a private persons collection.And it is from here I took the picture of the...
One wild shaving horseand the show must go on… This is part two of the shaving horse blog. So here we are!The horse is tamed.In this post I will show you the possibilities and the details. A row of holes makes it an excellent little on site workbench with a vintage French hold fast.Notice an elf has left a book on the little table… Chiseling. And a wonderful saw horse.For long boards you can remove the slope. Side view of the horse with a piece of wood ready to s...
One wild shaving horseor MaFe’s version of the beast at least… This is not a tutorial, just me playing arround. Ok I know it, I have a problem with words, yes words, not horses – and even the fact I am retired not ten wild shaving horses can keep me of the wood… I’ll stop now! Not the wood the words I mean. The shaving horse:For years I have been looking at this fascinating work horse, at the internet and at museums all over Denmark and on travels, it se...
The shaving horse is a great manual vice for holding a piece you are working on. It is a sort of bench with a foot operated “jaw”. You sit on the bench and press on the pedal to hold your piece securely, then use a draw knife or spokeshave to shape the wood. It holds the piece firmly and gives you a lot of control. It’s great for making furniture legs, tool handles, wooden spoons and anything else where a lot of wood has to be taken off with draw knives and spokeshaves.I hav...
Put up a post over at www.woodshopcowboy.com documenting the build of this shaving horse, as promised. I should have an idea about how she works, maybe a video, tomorrow. Hope you spin by for a look. —WW
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...
Well, I promised pictures last time, and I have some..I started on the spring pole lathe, which is my big project for this summer/fall, and I decided after much goings on to not make a treadle lathe, meaning in this case continuous motion, but a traditional spring pole lathe, where the piece rotates once or more (hopefully many more) times, then back again. Why? I was inspired by a couple things, like poverty and such, but also after doing months of research into it, it’s just what appe...
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