Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'shaving horse'

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One wild shaving horse #1: or MaFe's version of the beast at least...

08-09-2011 10:03 PM by mafe | 22 comments »

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...

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One wild shaving horse #2: and the show must go on...

08-09-2011 11:24 PM by mafe | 18 comments »

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...

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One wild shaving horse #3: Museum tour just for the inspiration...

08-10-2011 12:37 AM by mafe | 14 comments »

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 .The tools here are donated to the museeum by a private persons collection.And it is from here I took the picture of the...

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One wild shaving horse #5: A pony for the horse... antique stitching pony.

04-27-2015 05:00 PM by mafe | 12 comments »

One wild shaving horseA pony for the horse… A good friend of me shoved me this wonderful old stitching pony one day in his house and when he saw my excitement, he decided it was a gift for me.Thought it was interesting for others out there to see how a really old Danish (Scandinavian) version looked like, so here a few pictures. I will use it on my shaving horse, so I can sit outside my work shop in the summer when I do leather work. Here it is put in my workbench. Notice th...

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The Slowest Farm Shop #5: Progress on Shaving horse, spring pole lathe, and a mystery tool...

07-24-2009 11:17 PM by Will Mego | 10 comments »

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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Shaving Giraffe #1: Firstborn

02-09-2013 05:20 AM by RobynHoodridge | 7 comments »

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...

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Shaving Horse

02-26-2011 09:33 PM by WhiskeyWaters | 6 comments »

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...

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Traditional Woodworking Tours #3: Virginia's Frontier Culture Museum – 1740s Settlement

05-14-2014 06:49 PM by WoodAndShop | 6 comments »

By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at 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...

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The Shaving Horse

03-08-2011 05:38 AM by WhiskeyWaters | 5 comments »

Put up a post over at 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

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Starting All Over Again - Setting Up Shop #4: The Shaving Horse

06-13-2011 10:17 PM by LumberGuy | 4 comments »

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...

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