Spoon Mule / Shavehorse Combo

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Project by MShort posted 06-19-2015 12:53 PM 22824 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend and I made a pair of these combo spoon mule/shavehorse. We spent our spare time over a month to build these. The bench is the constant for both tools. You can remove the mule head by taking out a wooden key and then attaché the traditional shavehorse attatchments to the bench. The legs are round mortise and tenon and are easily removed for transport/storage. The pinchers for the mule are held in place by a wire and just hang in the mortise slot. You can hold the work piece in the mule will very little pressure applied by your feet. You place your feet on the inside of the pincher arms and push them outward. We purchased the bench bed and everything else is from limb or scrap pieces from our shop. It was fun project to do.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#1 posted 06-19-2015 01:00 PM

Here are some pics of my first spoon from the mule.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 06-19-2015 01:12 PM

Very nice on both counts. How did you cut the inside of the spoon?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-19-2015 01:17 PM

Jim – I have a hook knife that is made for spoon carving but you can use carving gouges. I have use a number 5 and number 7 carving gouge to carve out the spoon bowl, it is just easier with a hook knife.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 06-19-2015 02:13 PM

wow! Great!

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

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#5 posted 06-19-2015 02:43 PM


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

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#6 posted 06-19-2015 03:05 PM

the mule and the spoons are GREAT !

but I want electric hooked to my tools ( Lazy – nope, just don’t know how to use the REAL tools )

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 06-19-2015 04:17 PM

The mule must work great to get such a good result with that nice spoon.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-19-2015 07:18 PM

Could only get better, if the mule-horse would lay eggs, give milk and have wool. :)
Very good solution!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#9 posted 06-19-2015 09:35 PM

The mule/shavehorse looks well proportioned and comfortable to sit on. The spoon looks great. Well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 06-19-2015 10:15 PM

Very nice, all the way around.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 06-22-2015 08:51 PM

Great project and great addition to your tool collection! Congratulations on well deserved DT3.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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