Shaving horse for the workbench – shaving leg
then there are no excuse…
Just to make sure all know what we talk about, a shaving horse / leg is a foot controlled clamp, like this you have both hands free for working and re position of the work are quick and easy, this especially makes it wonderful for round stock where you work with draw knife, spoke shave or what ever tools on handles, chair legs or so.
The name shaving leg is just what I found would be the right name for this.
If you want to know more about shaving horses look in my blog: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/24837
This is a workbench version, it takes little space when not in use and you can bring it with you easy.
On the picture you see me use it after the build.
Standard lumber, in fact this is a 2×3 and a piece of a Ikea furniture I found in my street, but really use what you have, even plywood can be fine.
I looked online and found quite a few versions, most of them are the same as the one I will build, just pinned different or fastened to the bench in different ways, so yes it is just to go for it, no rocket need to be launched here, and I prefer a simple cheap one.
If you want it more, take a look at this guy: http://www.gunpowderwoodworks.com/blog/2014/10/30/welcome-to-the-shaving-post I think he made a cool chromed version.
I start by making the foot pedal, like it to have a little wedge shape and then I can use the wedge also.
Just screw in place I give it three in each side.
Now I can test mount on a cut off I put on the table held by my wonderful old French holdfast.
Like this I can find the perfect height before I cut of the length of the legs.
The head are again just a cut off, now with a hole drilled through it.
The hole drilled same dimension as the threaded rod I had.
As you can see the pivot point are in the back and so the pivot point for the head are put in the front.
I drilled a series of holes up on both sides, so the head can be moved up and down.
Now back to the leg pivot point.
Drilling a hole through the table part.
As you can see I will use threaded rod, washers and self locking bolts.
It gives less friction, but allows it to be tight.
On the other side.
Leg are secured.
Now the same for the head.
Also I like to add leather for good grip and being able to do delicate work.
So I cut some pads.
Glue on with contact cement.
While it dry I add some anti slip to the pedal.
This was some I bought for a skateboard way back.
And put some under the table hold, like this it will stay where it is supposed to.
I shaped the head a little, like this it is easy to see.
Here I also put a pin through the back of the head, like this the front of the jaw only catches the piece.
The front pin are with a wing nut, so it can be held tight and add stability, the back one have no bolt in the other end, the wing nut here are simply so it’s easy to get in and out.
Here the head are moved up and the back pin removed, like this the head pivot and hold on a larger area.
The wedge can also be used here.
I put it in a string and attached it to the shaving leg.
So here it is!
Took about an hour, that’s faster than fighting with sticks trying to hold them to the bench.
Well it’s not all woodworking…
See why I call it a leg…
This is how much space it takes when folded up.
(The pedal could be made foldable too).
Hope it can be to some inspiration perhaps some shaving legs.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.