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Shaving horse for the workbench – shaving leg
then there are no excuse…

A post on my day no 2000 on LJ. ;-)

This is a shaving leg for the workbench, easy and cheap to build and will make working with drawknife so much more easy since you will have both hands free.

Blogs with the build can be found here:

1. Jaws holding the wood.
2. The leg in use.
3. Cheap standard materials.
4. Threaded rod, nuts and washers.
5. Leather pads.
6. It’s not all woodworking…

Hope it can be to some inspiration perhaps some shaving legs.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 06-03-2015 02:18 PM

Ahh, Mads you are having way too much fun.
Nice shaving pony there and the pizza doesn’t look too bad either. Is that fresh basil on top?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 06-03-2015 02:23 PM

Very nice. I’ve been considering building something similar as I don’t know where I would store a full size horse.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-03-2015 02:46 PM

Great solution to an awkward issue Mads. I hope you get lots of pleasure from using it.

BTW – I note your Iles chisels on the bench top,Ii bought another one today from Workshop Heaven, a 15mm to complete the package.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#4 posted 06-03-2015 03:24 PM

Excelent excelent excelent! Beatiful idea. Like a lot. Very useful.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 06-03-2015 03:32 PM

Excellent idea. Thanks… that one goes into the stolen bucket…
I’ll be building one shortly.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 06-03-2015 06:48 PM

That’s very clever, I want to make one myself now. Hard to find room for a full shaving horse in my small shop.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#7 posted 06-03-2015 08:27 PM

LOVE IT! I have been wanting to build a shave horse for a while for bow making, but now I want to build this. Great job.

-- The day I know it all, is the day I die.

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#8 posted 06-03-2015 09:01 PM

That is a great idea. I’m going to add it to my list. My shop is too small for a full size version and tis would work nicely.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 06-03-2015 09:34 PM

Our local woodworking club wants to have some chair making classes. I’ve said not until we have a set of shaving horses. That’s quite a big project to build a dozen of them and then find a place to store them. This just might be the solution we are looking for. Thanks!

-- Tony -

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#10 posted 06-04-2015 02:37 AM

Now that last pic Mads is what being in the shed is all about :)a beer & pizza on the side yummmmeeee
Oh. nice job on the pony as well :)
cheers for day 2000

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 06-04-2015 02:45 AM

You’ve done it again
Inspired design, executed
with inspiration

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#12 posted 06-04-2015 02:46 AM

... and pizza

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#13 posted 06-04-2015 08:01 AM

Neat design for use in a compact shop. Like it.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#14 posted 06-04-2015 01:08 PM

Very clever and excellent use of on-hand materials. Simple but effective design. Nice job and I’m sure you’ll find it extremely useful.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 06-04-2015 11:22 PM

Nice design, build, and pizza.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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